What an odd story. When I first read the book, it was a refreshing blast of modern fantasy storytelling. The film seemed a disappointment but I was younger then, and in the mood to rail against adaptations when I of course knew better.
But still, it's odd. Clusters of storytelling tropes jostle against each other, careering off each other when they collide. It makes for an exciting but incoherent tale.
Take the central character's story. A village lad, love of…
Wanted to re-watch this because I'm fuckin'thrilled with Kingsman and actually all Matthew Vaughn films. Next one to be repeated is "The Last Job"....
A completely silly and surprisingly influential film that holds up well today.
It's not perfect, suffering from miscasting (Claire Danes) a charmless lead (Charlie Cox) and poor moments of shoe-horned broad comedy (Poor Ricky Gervais is excruciating here)
But the movie coasts through these problems with buckets of charm.
The praise can mostly be laid at the feet of director, Matthew Vaughn who's really living up to this early potential with films like Kick Ass & Kingsman.
Great turns from Michelle…
Not quite as good as I remembered--Claire Danes is miscast, Charlie Cox lacks charisma, the film is too long--but it's still charming and has some inspired touches and welcome dark comedy. It also features a rare appearance of a post-1999 De Niro giving a shit.
A surprisingly enjoyable movie.
I went into it knowing nothing, and came out wishing there was more. It's a great little movie I can see myself watching again.
Do you like...
Robert De Niro?
Matthew Vaughn films in general?
Then you need to see this movie. Like now. Right now. Stop whatever you're doing and watch this movie now. I promise you won't regret it.
A creative, good-spirited, and endearingly earnest fantasy tale. De Niro, Mark Strong, and Claire Danes provide especially strong performances. There's plenty of cheesy silliness, but Gaiman and Vaughan seem aware and play with these elements. They drop the self-serious facade of most comparable fantasy/adventure books/movies and lean into the absurdity. What results is a very love-able movie. Danes has a beautifully sappy monologue at the climax that she kills. The strongest part of the movie for me.
As a kid I often dreamt that a fantasy adventure lay just beyond the garden hedge. This was most likely due to my repeated viewing of The Princess Bride. Stardust is not that film but it comes close.
Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox) is the bastard offspring of a mortal man and a woman who is held captive by a witch. There is a magical realm on the other side of the wall that runs beside the sleepy countryside town they…
The story of Stardust is so simple, yet so engaging. It follows a young man retrieving a star for a women he is in love with, while two other characters try to get the star too. While bringing the star back to our hero's true love, he sparks a love interest with the star. Crazy, right? Yes, but it's very well executed and it's pretty awesome.
Tying all of these characters into one story line without the movie being convoluted…
On of my favorite fantasy film, witty, charming, and full of imagination.
Stardust manages two tasks that should be impossible: not only being a great adaptation of a Neil Gaiman book but also being a worthy successor to Princess Bride. Yes, it is that good. The acting is fantastic, the writing amazing, and it is just an amazingly fun movie that revels in every possibility to play with the classic fantasy tropes. Much like an early period Gilliam film, this movie bursts with imagination and wit. Go watch it now.