Escaflowne: The Movie Reviews
Back then, i went in expecting some sort of sequel/prequel biz to the tv series that I was obsessed with and I remember that I was shocked that I resonated with this movie at a much deeper level past the whole animu fandom. Today as a 31 year old, I can assess what it was that I found so inherently beautiful about this movie (aside from the stunning animation which holds against time!) - was that the whole thing was really all just about Hitomi. This whole movie is a gigantic metaphor and I know it sounds reeeaaalllly "INCEPTION!!!" to say this, but I imagine the creators just didn't want to bother recreating Tenkuu no Escaflowne's overblown and twisted plots and complex characters and jam it into 90 minuets, so I feel they went the 'Eva route' and made it about something much more metaphorical and emotional. Unfortunately 90 minuets truly isn't enough for 'character development' but I don't think it actually hinders the plot or anything much since the only character really being developed here is Hitomi in her fight against depression.
If you enjoyed the vision of Escalflowne I do recommend watching the animated movie. It's a remake of a classic and it will captivate the newer generation more than use veterans of the original.