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Stardust (Widescreen Edition)
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Stardust," based on the best-selling graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess, takes audiences on an adventure that begins in a village in England and ends up in places that exist in an imaginary world. A young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) tries to win the heart of Victoria (Sienna Miller), the beautiful but cold object of his desire, 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 named Yvaine (Claire Danes).]Young man takes journey in strange world to find star.]0]]Matthew Vaughn]]]Charlie Cox]Claire Danes]Michelle Pfeiffer]Robert De Niro]Sienna Miller]Ricky Gervais]Jason Flemyng]Rupert Everett]Henry Cavill]
Additional Scenes: Candlight Small Talk, Lift the Stone, Carriage Game, Goat Man, The Next Ruler of Stormhold
Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
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From a heartwarming tale told by Neil Gaiman, Stardust is a brilliant reminder of hope and lasting affection. Some 'hope' resides in seven knuckle-headed male heirs to a throne and a hefty portion of 'lasting affection' is but centuries old lust for youth at any cost. Still, once the glitter of true love is realised, everything comes right. While the book is triumphant, this film is lusty reminders of just how grand are dreams and love.
Love in any capacity is worth more than greed and narcissism. These truisms are represented cunningly well by: the fashion-minded Captain whose bravery commands camaraderie; even a princess bound by magic rope can make life memorable; the fact "Two-headed dogs...great at watching both ways at once," can be had for a price, and many other characters attest that humour and Love are essential gems. To give away more of the tale would spoil the viewing, but leave it be said: When faced with a choice between paying beforehand for a service or waiting out the final bill, always go with paying last-- it is definitely safer.
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The only real flaw I find in the movie is surprising Robert De Niro's character, a secretly gay air-pirate. The character is written in a way that is hard not to see as willfully parodying gay men. I don't know that I'd call it a homophobic portrayal necessarily, but it does hearken back to foppish stock characters. There is nothing wrong with what we might call a more effeminate gay man, but there is very little by way of plot to suggest validation of the character's true self, choosing rather to make him a long-running gag character (though he is essential to the plot). With the three overlapping quests of Charlie Cox's young hero, the prince fraternity, and the witch sisters, the narrative is able to intersect them is so many different ways--all of which are entertaining and artistically reverent to the fantastic. The film does an excellent job of ranking the threat level by making Lamia's quest more covert, and thus more dangerous to anyone standing in her way. The revelations of the conclusion are so beautifully done and presented in a natural way. It's undoubtedly a fun film, but I'm very proud of its artistic merit. The film never seeks to cash in on those craving fantasy narratives: it only adds richness to the genre.
Primary criticisms: [SPOILER ALERT] (1) The villains were a bit wishy-washy. Ruthless and amoral only when convenient. (2) Most of the plot winds up being more convenient than organic. (3) The main character, although compelling and sweet and easy to root for, rarely has to do anything to get himself out of trouble - most of the time it's done for him, or he gets off by sheer, outrageous, extremely unlikely luck (see also: being captured by a cross-dressing, tender-hearted pirate). This makes me wonder what he really has going for him other than being a (albeit rare in this story) decent human being. He certainly doesn't seem very wise, or at least not at the beginning. Glad he's steered in the right direction at the end! But as a hero, he feels a bit weak, especially considering the strength of the villains he's fighting. It is hard to believe his success, which makes him seem less the hero than I hoped he would be. Sometimes I'm not sure if I want him to succeed more because I am against his enemies or more because I like him enough to root for him. (4) She shines the witch to death. She SHINES the witch to death. I have no words.
Overall, I really did like the movie. It's not in the top tier of magnificent Hollywood writing by any means (who can live up to The Princess Bride anyway?), but it was, for the most part, very well acted in spite of this. Many of the characters are very likable (or very dislikable, appropriately), even if it feels like we didn't get to spend enough time with them. The concept of the plot is compelling and it is easy to get invested in hoping for Tristan's success. It's not perfect, but there is plenty about it to enjoy!