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Stardust the Movie
A movie full of wit and adventure...
I knew nothing about this film before being made to watch it. And to be honest, if I had something better to do, or had a half decent excuse, I wouldn't have seen this movie. But I did. And I not only enjoyed it, I LOVED it. My family did too. Though none of them had the low expectations that I did.
Full of colorful characters
There are so many characters. Good guys, bad guys, some that fit somewhere in between... all fantastical but all delightfully believable.
Witches, buccaneers, traders, princes and a plot that weaves and leaves a trail of magic.
It draws you in. Entertains you. Makes you laugh. And there's a plot twist or two to amuse.
But I'm just blathering on with broad strokes. Maybe I'll try to give you a taste of the story, but without spoiling any of the surprises...
Tristan Thorne resides in the village of Wall and is in madly in love with the local beauty Victoria. Who seems to be as besotted with herself as Tristan is.
To prove his love he promises to bring her a fallen star, and this quest sees him venture over the wall that separates the real world from the supernatural Kingdom of Stormhold.
During the course of this adventure we meet witches, princes and what can be described as "sky buccaneers". And Yvaine, the beautiful embodiment of the fallen star.
The story seems as familiar as an old friend, but it's presented in a fresh and fun manner.
Michelle Pfeiffer is beautifully wicked and Robert De Niro plays a surprising role.
It's like taking a twist of Harry Potter and mixing it with the fun fantasies from the '80s.
It's to be enjoyed again and again.
Stardust Movie Trailer
A fun and frolicking adventure...
"As adults, we are discriminated against.As adults, we are an oppressed majority because nobody writes us fairy tales.I think the problem is not that we grow out of fairy tales. The problem is nobody writes us fairy tales; nobody gives us fairy tales that are as satisfying, as meaty, as filled with real people and real incident, as the things that we remember from when we were children"
"Stardust settles over the viewer like a twinkly cloak. The film, which captures the magic and vision of author Neil Gaiman's fantasy graphic fable, is a transportive journey into a world of true enchantment, which fans of the Harry Potter books will enjoy as well as will adults looking for the perfect date movie. The tale is a not-so-simple love story and adventure, set in 19th century England--and an alternate universe of witches, spells and stars that turn human--and hold the key to eternal life.
Young Tristan (played with wide-eyed vigor by Charlie Cox) vows to retrieve a fallen star for the most beautiful girl in the village, the shallow Victoria (Sienna Miller), and in his quest, finds his true love--in a true "meet-cute" moment (by Babylon-candle-speeding into the just-crashed human incarnation of the star, Claire Danes). Much of the film involves the duo's journey back home--though home for Tristan is his village, and home for the celestial Yvaine is, of course, in the heavens. There are villains, notably Michelle Pfeiffer as the vain witch who seeks the fountain of youth a fallen star can give, and the seven venal sons of the dying king of the mythical realm, backstabbing, grasping, and hilarious--even in death as a ghostly Greek chorus.
While the sparks of love between Tristan and Yvaine are resonant and touching, Stardust truly succeeds as a brilliant fantasy yarn--and as a comedy with more than its share of belly laughs. Much of the humor belongs to Robert De Niro, who plays a notoriously wicked air pirate, who is secretly a bit light in his swashbucklers. Ricky Gervais has a small but memorable role essentially channeling his character from Extras, including his catchphrase, "Are you having a laugh?!" The special effects are all that any fan of Gaiman would wish for. Catch a bit of Stardust and you'll feel enchanted for a good long while."
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