The plot is of a boy who sets out to prove his love for a disinterested country girl by promising to bring back a fallen star for her. To do this he passes into an enchanted land and encounters pirates, witches and evil Princes. Also the star, now in the form of a girl called Yvaine, isn't so happy about being taken as a token of love. It all ends in a typical fairytale way but the journey is an entertaining one. Not having read the book it is based on I didn't have a preconceived notion of the story so just found it to be an enjoyable, funny if unremarkable watch. Some of the plot points were a little predictable and the final revelation is obvious from the start, but may not be picked up on by children to whom this story will definitely appeal. The acting is hit and miss from the various performers with Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes giving good accounts of themselves but there is a lack of charm in the main character Tristian (Charlie Cox) and Ricky Gervais proves once again why he insists that he's not an actor. There is a huge list of cameos as well, with Rupert Everett and Mark Heap having the best in my opinion. There are some scary moments that young children might find upsetting but overall this is a good film to settle down and watch on a Sunday afternoon without having to think about too much the plot while it's on or afterwards. If you like this try you might also like 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' or 'The 10th Kingdom'.
The story line goes something along the very obvious lines of boy fancies girl who doesn't deserve him, goes to prove his love for her and falls in love with another girl who needs rescuing, who starts out despising him and then falls in love with him after all etc.etc. All been done beofre surely - it is just another boring love story isn't it? Wrong, wrong wrong. Expect romance - yes, adventure -yes, fantasy - yes. But completely unexpected will be Michelle Pfeiffer in a beauty to sagging breasts role and Robert De Niro in a hilarious dance that just has to be watched over and over again till you fall out the chair laughing. Claire Danes as Yvaine the beautiful star just raidates in her role. Charlie Cox as Tristan is suitably good looking and believable as a young man who goes to find his true love (or so he thinks) a bit of the star and ends up finding out that his real true love is in front of him and worth far more. Whilst Octavious and his brothers who search for the pendant to become king and become ghosts along the way add that little bit of darkness and subtle humour that keeps you diverted whilst watching the romance between Tristan and Yvaine blossom. The fact that there is another world just across a wall seems completely believeable and right from the start you get drawn into this film and feel like it just might be. In fact I'm off to cross the wall at the bottom of my garden to find myself a Tristan....
Something I don"t understand:- in this age of fast editing and shots (how slow do old sitcoms look now?), why does the film industry insist on keeping with the traditional long lead-in to a film? How many films do you watch where you wait for it to "get going"? Long, explanatory beginnings. Quite. Most films. So how refreshing to find one which takes off straight away; Stardust credits the viewer with some intelligence.
This continues throughout the film; there is no tedious explaining of events...just because this is a fantasy film we do not need to have every "strange" happening explained. Further note to film makers:- we"ve already entered into the bargain by buying the ticket / DVD - we know the currency in this world is different thanks, and are pretty much up to the job as an audience.
Michelle Pfeiffer has an acknowledged star performance here; brilliant; Clare Danes is the other stand out for me, yes, I"m going to (mis)quote it, she does indeed "light up the sky" and the film, from her first entrance. With a lot of lovely "starlight" lighting, granted, but all the same. The Take That song, especially the lyrics, thoughtfully fit this film by the way - as opposed to the usual one-size-fits-all ballad tacked onto film credits - a travesty Rule The World didn"t make the final nominations list at the Oscars. Ilan Eshkeri"s music scoring is magnificently shaped to drive the action along.
Superb use of location - Scotland is used to great effect, and the Iceland beach scene is better than any CGI concoction. (Sad that it took the commentary to relay this; we are so used to CGI now we can barely appreciate real locations.)
Nice commentary by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, genuine insights into what didn"t work and was cut, editing, budgetary compromises etc.
Lots of original and witty touches in this, particularly those written for Mark Strong"s Septimus and the ghosts.
Great narrative and flow to the film; more from this team please, it was nice to be treated as an adult for once. I"m sure younger viewers would agree too; they also usually know more than they"re credited with.
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Fantasy adventure based on the bestselling graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess. When a young man, Tristan (Charlie Cox), tries to win the heart of his beautiful but cold object of his desire Victoria (Sienna Miller) by going on a quest to retrieve a fallen star, his journey takes him to a mysterious and forbidden land beyond the walls of his village. On his odyssey, Tristan finds the star, which has transformed into a striking girl called Yvaine (Claire Danes). However, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A king (Peter O'Toole)'s four sons - not to mention the ghosts of their three dead brothers - all need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristan must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), who needs the star to make her young again. As Tristan battles to survive these threats, encountering a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and a shady trader named Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais) along the way, his quest changes. He must now win the heart of the star for himself as he discovers the meaning of true love.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller Directors: Matthew Vaughn Language: English Subtitles: English Number of discs: 1