Starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Robert De Niro, and Ian McKellan.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Rated PG-13 for some fantasy violence and risque humor.
Stardust is the story of a young man named Tristan who promises a woman to retrieve a fallen star for her hand in marriage. Tristan starts off on this task and must cross 'THE WALL' in order to get to where the star fell. Crossing the wall puts him into a magical world completely different than his own. He finds the star and in the magical world, the star is a young woman. In his attempt to bring the star back to the regular world, Tristan experiences true love and fights to save the star from a witch, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
I really enjoyed Stardust and the entire film experience. The directing was nothing special, however the acting from all the players were spot on. None rose above the other, but all worked together to bring the fantasy tale to life. Some interestingly twisted characters allowed big name actors like De Niro and Pfeiffer to kick back and sink into a role that didn't require any hard acting preparation. You can tell that they had fun with the roles as it drips off their on screen presence. Relative newcomer, Charlie Cox grounds the story in a sweet, earnest sentiment that helps to bring a sort of charm to the hard edged story.
Without a lot of budget or a lot of CGI, when compared to other Hollywood fantasy tales, the director doesn't rely on it and thus creates a little bit more believable fantasy world with what he can. I have always been a fan of fantasy films, however Hollywood hasn't produced a whole lot until Lord of the Rings hit. From that time, every studio wanted a fantasy trilogy to market and Stardust seems to be one of those films. In times it feels rushed to get out to an audience before fantasy is not cool again, but other times shows some great depth and character development.
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