Stardust

2007

Action / Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Romance

188
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 232606

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Henry Cavill as Humphrey
Charlie Cox as Tristan Thorn
Claire Danes as Yvaine
Robert De Niro as Captain Shakespeare
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Chris_Docker 9 / 10

A magic that isn't puerile . . .

The power to dream is a wonderful thing. There's a saying, "Not all dreamers achieve, but all achievers dream." By exploring our imagination we shape our own futures. Or build empires. Perhaps overcome our fears, limitations and obstacles. Gain wisdom and benefit mankind. Or (put simply) just find our way to true love and happiness. Freud might express such things in symbols. The language of fantasy.

Tristan ventures out of a rather twee English village called Wall. He goes through a break in the wall. A portal. In search of something that will prove his love to Victoria (Sienna Miller). Victoria doesn't take him very seriously. So he pledges to bring back a falling star.

Stormhold is the world outside the wall. He discovers the fallen star has taken the form of a beautiful girl, Yvaine (Claire Danes). To complicate matters, three evil witches want to get hold of Yvaine. If they can eat her heart, it will replenish their youth. (One of the witches is played by Michelle Pfeiffer, who does fabulous young-old transformations of looks and manner.) The 'good guy' they meet on their way is Captain Shakespeare (Robert de Niro). He has a fierce, swashbuckling pirate exterior but is a sweetie closet queen underneath. Heirs of Stormhold meanwhile are engaged in a pitched battle over inheriting the Kingdom. Ricky Gervais is an added extras. A buffoon trader throwing in standard Gervais-type gags well. Tristan's purity of spirit arouses the love of Yvaine, so there is a nice little triangle going. Till he achieves the maturity to discern pedestal divas from real women.

Stardust is a full-on, large scale fantasy that does credit to its myriad stars. Wholly positive, and written with a clarity that makes it more worthy of psychoanalysis that a coven full of Harry Potter romps. Production values rival Hollywood, and the storyline is free of the racial stereotyping, misogyny, religious or class agendas than shape and pervert so many large scale fantasies.

That is not to say that Stardust is without its faults. Plot and dialogue have many predictable elements, and the fairytale quality may be too saccharine for some audiences. But if you want an excuse to let your heart fly, this film may well provide it.

As a boy, I remember listening in wonder to albums by the Moody Blues (who practiced in a house not far from where I lived). They made records with names like "In Search of the Lost Chord," and wrote lyrics like, "Thinking is the best way to travel." I would fill my head with books on magic and mystery, from Timothy Leary to Aleister Crowley. Shaping dreams. Learning to make them real. Nowadays people might talk of NLP or positive thinking. Adults that remember how to dream with the force of youth but with the vision and application of maturity. Do you still enjoy that feeling?

You are advised not to wait for Stardust on DVD. See it on the biggest cinema screen you can find. And Dolby Digital Surround Sound if you can get it. The actors look like they had a ball. Maybe you will too.

Reviewed by jakub-burkiewicz 8 / 10

Beautiful, wonderful and well-balanced

The film has everything you need for a good fairy tale.

It's a beautiful mix of fairy-tale places and characters, love and hate, humor and magic. There are good guys and bad guys, and of course there are indirect - not quite good, but complementing the performance with humor.

Great acting. Good and not exaggerated special effects. Very well-chosen music that builds emotions.

Great for teenagers. Also worth seeing in the evening of February 14... with your beloved.

Reviewed by Platypuschow 6 / 10

Stardust: Passable but thats about it

Written by Jane Goldman and with a plethora of established stars such as Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ricky Gervais & Mark Strong this UK/US made film is quite nostalgic.

What I mean by that is its a fantasy tale that reminds me a great deal of many from the 80's/90's. From Willow to Ladyhawke this has that vibe to it and is a very charming film.

Family aimed though dark in places it tells a highly convoluted story that manages to entertain but certainly doesn't meet its potential.

Magic, sword fights, flying pirate ships, ghosts, betrayal and love. Everything you could possibly expect from such a movie.

The comedy is lacking but the cheesiness is overflowing, thankfully the great cast make the most of it and it comes out the other side watchable.

Maybe I'm not the demographic, but this mega budget effort felt like it should have been a grand epic but wound up like a feature length pilot for a television series.

I commend Danes on her performance, this is an actress I usually don't see the appeal of but she was excellent here. The rest of the cast including a huge variety of British comedians also do a great job, but I expected more.

The Good:

Danes & DeNiro

Sweet tale

The Bad:

Lackluster in places

I'm supposed to root for a kidnapper?

Take That for the credits, really!

Few annoying unanswered questions

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Blueblood is meant literally

Robert DeNiro in a dress is a memory that takes gallons of alcohol to erase

Mark Strong looks weird with hair

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