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This particular film is one fantasy not-so-epic called Stardust.
This is a classic case of a trailer that does not do the film justice. I have not read the book by Niel Gaiman, nor have I ever had an inclination to, but the movie held a slight degree of interest to me, mostly due to the CG work I saw in the trailer. Turns out the effects were not at all the proudest point the movie had going for it.
It was dang funny.
I haven't laughed as much (in honest amusement) at a fantasy film since I saw The Princess Bride for the first time. There are a great number of amusing lines and moments throughout the film that totally caught me off guard and charmed me to no end. Humorous lines come in the most unexpected places from the most unexpected people.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Tristan (played with wide-eyed vigor by Charlie Cox) is a young man, just entering adulthood, living in the British village of Wall--named so for the wall that separates it from the magical world next door. In a spur-of-the-moment romantic quest, Tristan finds himself thrown deep into the magical land (from whence he was born, it is established at the beginning of the movie) and right in the arms of a star (Claire Danes) who has just fallen from the sky. His goal is to return with her as a gift of betrothal to his "true love". Needless to say, the star, Yvaine, is reluctant, but needs a particular form of magical transportation Tristan has on his person to return to the heavens. An agreement is struck; that Yvaine will return to Wall with Tristan, provided he return her to the sky immediately thereafter. They set off on the journey back to England.
Two other parties are interested in the star, however, for their own reasons. The witch, Lamia, (a gleefully wicked Michelle Pfeiffer) desires her heart, to attain prolonged life and power. The prince Septimus also wants the star--for the immortality--and the gem she carries--for the inheritance of the throne. These two pursue Tristan and Yvaine tirelessly across the land, water and sky (I'm serious, they really do trot around the sky for a while).
Along the way, they meet a cleverly assembled cast of side-characters, including Ricky Gervais, and Robert DeNiro, as the secretly-wimpy pirate Cap'n Shakespeare. The movie is well-worth watching, if only for the ingenious fight sequence between Septimus' ilk and the pirate crew. DeNiro's performance is priceless, and perfectly indicative of his versatility as an actor.
Matters come to a head, with all parties converging inevitably upon one another as they all draw nearer to Wall.
The film is delightfully witty, and carries itself with a sort of tongue-in-cheek grace. It skims lightly along some sweet and profound elements, but keeps its sense of irreverent, ever-so-slightly-dark humor and never takes itself too seriously.
Add some shiny special effects and a fantastic score by newcomer Ilan Eshkeri, and you've got a recipe for an instant classic.
Tina saw the Special Preview Program of this film at the
SDCC 2007 - San Diego Comic Con International.
She thought it would be interesting to see this from the sneak
preview they showed at the Con. However the film was released
at a poor time. It should have been released during the Thanksgiving
weekend or a better time slot, as it did not do well at the Box
Fortunately it is now on DVD! The DVD captures the film and has
actual good Bonus Features on it!
The film lives up to the graphic novel it is adapted from. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's "Stardust" which is why he was at the Comic Con Program promoting the film!
As for the main cast.... Charlie Cox, (a relatively unknown actor), is really good as Tristan, Claire Danes, (As the Falling Star), "shines", and of course Michelle Pfeiffer plays the evil witch next to perfection!
The supporting cast was well chosen...each of the seven princes actually had some characterization! Peter O'Toole, (as the dying old King), is memorable in his short scenes. And what can we say about Robert DeNiro, who plays against 'type' in the film!
If you missed out on this film at the Big Screens, then this is truly a brilliant and vibrant Fairy Tale to watch, and is good family viewing. Only some 'fantasy violence' and 'risque humour' make a PG-13 rating.
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Michael and Tina
This is a fantastic movie! Something for everyone! It has action, adventure, suspense, fantasy, and even romance! Robert DeNiro like I've NEVER seen him! As you've read from the details of what the movie is about young Tristan sets out to bring back his beloved Victoria (Sienna Miller) a shooting star (Claire Danes), but that's just it, he doesn't realize the star is actually a young woman! With obstacles in his way: 2 princes vying for the throne and an evil witch (Michelle Pfiefer) he must find a way to save the star! Stormhold is a hidden town beyond the town of Wall (England). There's a little old man about 97 that guards the Wall. You see no one is supposed to cross from either side. Luckily this movie gives you an alternate ending, because we actually preferred the alternate version. No foul language or nudity so the whole family can watch it! This is a movie you can watch again and again. I highly recommend it!
This is a great Once Upon a time story for all grownups..the violence and mild language may be too much for the wee ones..so I do not recommend this for any children under the age of 13..Movie begins with a young Man setting out to cross a forbidden border he succeeds and meets up with a young beautiful Girl claiming to be a Princess held hostage by an evil witch..they enjoy time spent together and he returns home..9 mos. later he receives an unexpected package and his life is forever changed..Michelle Pfeiffer(sp?) and Robert Deniro are hysterical in their roles..Claire Danes made a sweet and refreshing star by the way stars appear to have a temper..this film is a fun mixture of comedy, very light suspense, and of course love that will have everyone smiling by it's end!! Don't miss this one!!
My son brought STARDUST home amongst a bunch of rentals one evening, and we watched them over the span of a few evenings. STARDUST was one of the last ones we watched. Shoulda watched it sooner.
It was surprisingly well done. The effects were well-executed. STARDUST is solidly in the fantasy genre, but its dialogue -- like a Looney Tune -- rapidly establishes that it is not kiddie fare. That and its wittiness quickly snagged this hardcore scifi fan's interest.
The casting, with big names "stars" doing character roles instead of "Starring" roles, was intriguing, especially Robert DeNiro. NEVER saw THAT one before he brought it out!
The movie's seamless flow actually caused me to wonder about whomever it was that came up with its words. Discovered it was written by the same dude who came up with the words for MIRRORMASK.
Though MIRRORMASK did not snag my imagination so thoroughly as STARDUST, its events and dialogue did display Neil Gaiman's unique take on the world of words. Think maybe I need to start checking out eBay's book listings for STARDUST.
Maybe it's a keeper, too.