People can complain about the art style, but there is no denying that the graphics are fantastic. If the new graphics are so off-putting, then the old school players can switch to the old game.
The voice acting is a good edition, but they fall flat. The voices in ToMI, EMI and Curse all have emotion - you know when Guybrush is sarcastic from the tone of his voice alone. In the Special Edition, there is no distinction. All of the voice actors sound as if they are reading from a script.
The hint system is a nice feature, but only useful to those who have never played the game before.
I would only recommend the Special Edition to those who either never got the chance to play the original SoMI, or to those whose game disks broke. If you are fortunate enough to retain a working C-D of SoMI, just download Dosbox for free instead.
'Standing by my window
Breathing summer breeze
Saw a figure floating, 'neath the willow trees
Asked us if we were happy
We said we didn't know
Took us by the hands and up we go'