Review Bias Warning:
I actually love the movie much more - so much more. I mean truly and it's because the love story is much more prominent in the movie. It's turned into much more of a romantic fantasy adventure. I also watched the movie first.
However, I loved that the details about Christian's mother (the princess) were so much richer and fuller in the book. Each character got their own individual back story, yet somehow the characters seemed weak. The world building though - wow - fantastic - and I should have known it would be that way because Mr. Gaiman is excellent on the world-building front.
Spoiler: Listen, though. I really love the love in the movie, the star ended up all alone in this and on top of that I think they fell out of love in the end - it the most depressing passing of time way. Like they just got bored with each other - what's up with that.