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The film starts out with a clear, visual flare that is not often seen elsewhere, and sets very well in Helena's circus home, complete with ticket-taking mime. (lol) As the story unfolds, there is a very unique development both in your knowledge of the dreamworld she has woken to; but also in her character. You start to see her understand the world; and how it relates to her life, and her growing concerns and frustrations.
Her accomplice/friend of sorts, Valentine also offered a significant view into the world and contrasted her deeper reasoning with a very childlike simplicity that certainly assisted the plot development, while adding a lot of flavor, particularly through his dialogue. I was well impressed.
As for the visuals... Simply astounding, as I said in the summary. This film contains some of the most awe-inspiring imagery I have ever seen. The gryphon contained at the first scene in the dream startles and amazes you with the odd design. Somewhat juvenile, with a hint of nightmarish torment. It was very interesting.
The spiders were very well used, creatively. Between spying, morphing, and possessing other creatures, they became a symbol of paranoia; and it was effective.
The various visual styles, mixed with the flavor and character that made labyrinth so enjoyable for me, really assisted in telling a tale of one's quest to understand.
I thoroughly recommend this for fans of labyrinth, legend, neverending story, and the dark crystal. It is most impressive. The only caution I may provide, is that for some very young viewers, this film may contain some potentially frightening imagery, although the same does apply to most aforementioned films; so one would assume that this should not be an issue.
Overall, this was an A list film, with high recommendations for anyone with an artistic taste and/or an open mind.