The fairytale that won't behave
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. His journey takes him into a world beyond his wildest dreams and reveals his true identity.
I wasn't sure if I'd like this film, but my wife has been insisting I watch it for what seems like forever now. She's loves it and was dying to know what I'd make of it.
I was in no hurry to see it because I'm very picky when it comes to fantasy films and it's not one of my favorite genres. That being said I didn't love it like my wife does but I really liked it. It's fun and entertaining throughout with some solid performances, especially by the likes of Robert De Niro in a surprising yet hilarious role. His performance alone makes the film worth seeing.
As for the story it's fairly typical fantasy fair, but it…
This was a really enjoyable film. The story is fun and the cast all do an excellent job. Particularly Claire Danes, who I've never been a fan of really. At the beginning I kept thinking that her role was really more suited to someone like Gwyneth Paltrow (were she 10 years younger) but Danes quickly won me over.
Robert De Niro was great fun, as were the princes, played by a collection of some of my favourite british comedians.
It also looks great. Vaughn really sells the epic fantasy feel with some beautiful shots and Gaiman's story is littered with classic fairy tale tropes, whilst retaining a more modern attitude.
I would definitely watch this again and recommend it for fans of films like Labyrinth and The Princess Bride - while it may not quite reach their standard, it certainly makes a good attempt.
Neil Gaiman's fiction doesn't always translate well to the big screen, but this film managed to capture the lighthearted tone and feel for parody really well.
It is a wonderful fantasy story with all the cliches that come with it, but it is done by one of the best storytellers I know and that makes all the difference. Gaiman manages to be creative in the predictability of the genre. He comes up with the most wonderful characters and the two leads are no exception.
But this is a film and it needs more than that, which it gets in the shape of two performances. DeNiro and Pfeiffer are phenomenal. They give the story and the film that extra dimension it…
A perfect little fantasy adventure introducing a bizarre bunch of characters played by a fame filled cast. Funny, fascinating and full of fantastic action sequences and stunning backdrops. A must see for all fans of fantasy films.
One of my all time favourites, a go-to anytime film. Pure fantasy fun with an epic storyline! I also read the book and this is a fantastic adaptation.
Matthew Vaughn directed this? I'm a big fan of his work but I would have never of guessed. I wish I knew what to say about this film, sometimes I love it but sometimes I find it completely irritating. The cast for this is incredible, most notably Claire Danes, although DeNiro and Pfeiffer are pretty entertaining too, and they form a group of fascinating characters. It's a funny and visually wonderful fantasy film, that for the best part is pretty captivating. How, you say? I have no idea how it does it. If only there was a better male lead, and then maybe I wouldn't complain as much.
I suppose there wasn't a sequel (as was suggested by the ending of the film) for a reason.
I love De Niro though.
With the success of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, Hollywood went scrambling to grab up any literary fantasy properties they could get their hands on. Unfortunately, most of them don't seem to be translating to the screen very well, and they're apparently really scraping the bottom of the barrel to find new ones to turn into film series. The latest example: Stardust. Now, I haven't read the book, but I've heard a lot of good things about Neil Gaiman's works, so I have to think that in this case either the fault lies with the filmmakers, or maybe it's just a good book that doesn't make for a good movie. ...or maybe the book sucked too. I don't…
Savādi, ka šo filmu nebiju redzējusi agrāk. Nav daudz labu fantasy filmu, bet šī ir viena no tām. Aizraujoša, izklaidējoša. Roberts DeNiro vienkārši rēcīgs pirātu kapteiņa lomā.
Neesmu lasījusi Geimena romānu, bet viņa trakais stāstnieka talants spēcīgi jūtams arī ekranizācijā.
A-MAZING!!! One of my favourite movies of 2007 and certainly one of the best fairy tale movies since The Princess Bride.
Seen this movie before, love it.
What a wonderful and enchanting film. Why this film didn't perform better is beyond me. Other than a kinda muddled middle scene (when they meet DeNiro's character), the film was nonstoppingly entertaining to me. The chemistry between the two leads was wonderful, Michelle Pfeiffer was a riot as the villain witch, the prince brothers were hilarious, and still intimidating as villains (at least Septimus). All in all, the film had humor, romance, adventure, etc. A damn, fine package.
(review written in 2008)
The good old fantasy movie style
Delightful film that is terribly underseen. Very fun ensemble of characters playing with familiar tropes while being part of a non-ironic fairy tale. Sure it could have worked better as a miniseries with more breathing room to fill out this world; every clever observation only has time to satisfy the plot. Yet still quite charming.
Amazing movie! Jodie foster is a SCARY witch!