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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Matthew Vaughn / Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Clare Danes ... / DVD released 25 February, 2008 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      03.11.2013 10:42
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      A magical film for all the family

      Stardust is one of my favourite films; a magical fairy tale, based on the book by Neal Gaiman. I saw it in the cinemas, and enjoyed it so much that I instantly bought the DVD when it came out.

      The story opens in the English town of Wall, so called because of the wall which runs beside it, a wall which it is forbidden to cross. Young Dunstan Thorn is determined to try, and manages to trick his way past the guard. What he finds is not what he expected. Dunstan finds himself in the kingdom of Stormhold, where he meets a witch's slave working in the market. She is rather taken with him, a nine months later, Dunstan receives an unexpected souvenir of his visit; a baby named Tristan.

      Eighteen years later and Tristan (Charlie Cox) is working in the local shop. He has his mind set on greater things however, such as the wooing of his true love, Victoria (Sienna Miller). Unfortunately, Victoria is more interested in the far richer Humphrey, who has nothing but disdain for Tristan. In despair, Tristan promises he will bring Victoria a fallen star as a symbol of his love, and she agrees to marry him if he can manage this within a week.

      Meanwhile, in Stormhold, the king is dying. He has four three sons still alive, who murdered their three other brothers for a chance at the throne. Disgusted that his sons have not managed to sort the matter of succession out among themselves, he hurls his necklace into the sky, promising that the one who will find this necklace and restore the colour to it will be king.

      The king's actions have unintended consequences, however. The necklace knocks a star out of the sky, which when it lands is revealed as a beautiful young woman named Yvaine (Claire Danes). Tristan witnesses her fall, and decides to retrieve her for Victoria, although he does not realise at the time that she is a woman. Also witness to this are three witches. They need the heart of a fallen star to remain young; so Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) eats the remnants of the last star's heart, and sets off in search of the new one.
      Dunstan reveals to Tristan the truth about his parentage, and gives him a Babylon candle that will take him beyond the wall. Tristan intends to find his mother, but his thoughts flick to Victoria and the star at the last moment. Finding himself next to Yvaine, he is determined to take her back to Wall. It will not be easy however; Tristan is young and inexperienced, and they are hunted by Lamia, and two of the princes, formidable foes...

      I think that the acting in this film is superb. The cast includes relative unknowns, such as Charlie Cox and Claire Danes, alongside well-established names such as Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro as Captain Shakespeare. The younger cast members are just as talented as the older, and make for an entertaining watch.

      The storyline itself zips along, flicking between the viewpoints of all the different characters, to keep the watcher's attention. Although there aren't really any sub-plots, there are lots of minor characters who appear in the main story to keep it fresh and interesting. Captain Shakespeare is one of my favourites as captain of a flying pirate ship which harvests lightening. Although he presents a 'tough-guy' image to his crew, he is secretly a transvestite and a softie at heart. Another favourite is the ghosts of the dead princes, who are bound to the earth until the new king is crowned, and who watch over their living brothers, whilst making sarcastic comments about their progress.

      There are some slightly scary moments, such as when Lamia reanimates a corpse to fight Tristan, but overall this should be suitable for all the family.

      The scenery is beautiful, including forests, mountains, beaches, and fairy-tale cities. Unlike most fantasy epics, this was filmed mainly in Britain, particularly the Scottish Highlands, although some scenes were shot in Iceland.

      The DVD includes a making-of feature, and deleted scenes, including bloopers.

      I would thoroughly recommend this film; it is funny, exciting, and looks incredible. Despite its long running time, at over two hours, I was hooked throughout, and almost wish it could have gone on longer!

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        13.09.2011 19:46

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        perfect for a winter night, under a fleecy blanket with a steamy hot chocolate.

        this is a story about an ordinary boy who is a bit lowly in the opinions of other members of his community, however he manages to cross the wall into this world of magic and mystery. In his efforts to win the love of a girl in his village back home he looking for a fallen star, however the fallen star isnt what he expects, its a woman! they spend a fews days and nights in each others company to make their way back to the village, however there are princes, witches, and "blood-thirsty" sky pirates on their tails.

        This is a really lovely story, a real family film, one that i could watch over and over again. The charcaters are a nasty as you want them to be or as heartwarming and genuine as you hope they would be.
        However i felt that dispite the mystery magicaly land or the spells or the flying lightening catching ships, i personly felt that there could have been more magic and more spells, i just felt for a fantasy film it was still a bit too normal. However i still love it and adore it, and will never ever stop watching it.

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        07.07.2010 23:47
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        Magical from begining to end

        Adventure, action, comedy, romance and fantasy all in one film. It's kind of like a fairy story but grown up.

        This is one of my favourite movies of all time. I only saw this film because my friend had rented it, so it's thanks to her that I saw it. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and directed by Matthew Vaughan. The cast consists of well known names including Michele Pfiffer, Claire Danes and Robert De Niro to name a few.

        The plot

        There is a main plot but there are also other smaller plots.

        The story is set in two places; a 19th century English village called Wall and the magical kingdom of Stormhold which is separated by an old stone wall and guarded by an old man and which none is allowed to cross.

        The main plot is that of Tristan who travels to the magical world past the wall to get a fallen star so that he can claim the hand of a girl in marriage.

        Tristan is a shopkeeper's assistant and lives with his father in a small English village. He is in love with a girl called Victoria. She however is not really interested in him and wants to marry Humphrey who she knows is going to propose to her. She tells Tristan if he can get the shooting star that they witness then she will marry him. He has to do this before Humphrey proposes to her. The problem is that he has to cross the Wall and which is guarded by an old but strong man as none is allowed to cross it. He tries to get past the guard but fails. He tells his dad who gives him a Babylon candle. All he has to do is think of his mother who lives behind the Wall and he will get there. He doesn't think of his mother but of star and so he ends up in a large crater with a woman who he at first thinks is his mum. The star is however a woman called Yvaine who Tristan promises to help her return to the sky after Victoria has seen her.

        As they try to find their way to the wall and cross back to the village of Wall they encounter wicked witches who also want Yvaine, pirates and princes fighting for a throne. Everyone's story is interconnected and they are all ultimately after the star. Tristan, the witches and the princes all need the star.

        Rating: PG-13 because of fantasy violence
        Run time: 2hrs 5 mins
        Cast:
        Tristran Thorne Charlie Cox
        Yvaine, the Fallen Star Claire Danes
        Victoria Sienna Miller
        Lamia, a witch Michelle Pfeiffer
        Septimus (one of the princes) Mark Strong
        Captain Shakespeare Robert De Niro
        Narrator Ian McKellen

        My Opinion

        I found the film funny and interesting from the beginning till the end. The story was excellent and the sub-plots all came together nicely at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The production, acting and costumes where fantastic. The story flowed really well and it was really easy to understand. I thought the run time was fine, it wasn't too long or short. The special effects where good and they weren't over the top. I would say that this film is suited for those over 13 because I don't think those under 13 would understand the story.

        There are plenty of funny moments with adventure and action. I would say what the funny bits are but then that would probably spoil it for those who haven't seen it.

        I loved the soundtrack to this film, especially the song at the end with the credits. Its rule the world by Take That.

        I would highly recommend this film to everyone.

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          06.07.2010 15:03

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          a warm family friendly film!

          A great family loving film! I finally got to see this two years after it's release and it is such a great film suitable for all! (even though it's certificate is a PG) It has an all star cast and this story is no fairy tale as some people may think it is.

          There is a wall crossing the land, there is a little man there and he has guarding the wall for ninety years (the man is 97) and no one is allowed to cross that wall (it is against the law) However, one boy named Tristian breaks it after finding a birthday present for his friend Victoria. She wants a star for her birthday and Tristian only has two days to do that. While he is in the forrest he may have already found that star, a girl named Yvaine. However, as Tristian tries to get Yvaine back to Victoria, Yvaine has to try and avoid being kidnapped by the most powerful witch Lamia so that they can steal Yvaine's beatuy and heart. But will Yvaine and Tristian avoid the evil Lamia? Will Tristian be able to give Victoria's birthday present back within two days? Find out in this heart warming family film!

          cast

          Yvaine : Claire Danes
          narrator : Ian McKellen
          Charlie Cox : Tristian Thorn
          Victoria : Sienna Miller
          Michelle Pfeiffer : Lami
          Robert De Niro : Captain Shakespeare
          Ben Barnes : Young Dunstan
          Peter O'Toole : King

          cameo appereances from : Rupert Everett, Ricky Grevais, David Walliams and Dexter Flecther.

          director : Matthew Vaughan
          certificate : PG
          runtime : 122 minutes (2 hours and two minutes)

          I waited so long to watch this film and many people have said it was more like a fairy tale and I'm not a huge fan of those fairy tale stories but when I watched this I loved it! I love the story, and I love films with all star cast (as they are usually good films!) and yes this is a good film! But however, the film was a little too long (should be about ten minutes shorter - as the film is just over two hours) everyone should watch this! five our of five stars.

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          15.04.2010 21:28
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          A young lad crosses The Wall into another unearthly realm...

          Stardust can best be described as a fairy tale for adults though there is plenty here for kids to enjoy too! Tristan is haplessly besotted with Victoria who, herself, is infatuated instead with Humphrey who went all the way to Ipswich in order to buy her an engagement ring. When a star falls from the sky in the realms beyond The Wall that surrounds their village, Tristan vows to go and recover it in order to win Victoria's love. But The Wall is there for a reason; it is the boundary between our world and the mythical land of Stormhold and no one is allowed to cross it. Fooling the guard, Tristan breaks all the rules and goes over The Wall and finds himself caught up in a magical adventure that involves witches who will do anything not to age and die, a dying King whose sons seek a mystical object in order to claim their inheritance and a group of pirates lead by none other than Robert De Niro!!

          Michelle Pffeiffer, Ricky Gervais, Sir Ian Mc Kellen, Claire Danes and Sienna Miller are just some of the big names who star in this movie in greater or lesser roles in a film originally based on a novel by Sandman creator Neil Gaimon! Jonathon Ross's wife, Jane Goldman, was responsible for writing the sreenplay and, for the most part, has done a good job. But the film is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and that is why I am only giving the film three stars!

          For starters the film feels too long at two hours. Secondly, it sometimes feels as though they are trying to combine toooo many story ideas and the plot does feel like it is jumping all over the shop in some places just to shoehorn in cameo performances. That said, it is very visually stunning and there is equally lots to like about the movie.

          Truth is, this is a good family film for a wet sunday afternoon though a few places where the action slows and I could easily see younger children growing bored! Is it a complete success....no! But it is an adequate fantasy/comedy of the kind that has been sadly missing from our screens since The Princess Bride was about!

          I enjoyed it for sure but am not sure I would watch it again even though it features many familiar faces and some that only true cult comedy fans will recognise! (I'm thinking here of Adam Buxton late from The Adam And Joe Show!!!) Definetely only one to watch if there is nothing else on....

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            08.04.2010 11:29
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            Tristan goes on a quest to retrieve a fallen star

            I'm a huge fan of fantasy films and Stardust has to be one of the best fantasy films ever made. I loved it the first time I saw it at the cinema and I still love it just as much now.

            The film is about a young man named Tristan who is desperately in love with Victoria, despite her not being at all interested in him. In an attempt to win her heart, Tristan tells her he will follow and find a falling star and bring it to her to show her how much he loves her. The journey takes him into a magical land beyond the walls of his small village and into a world that Tristan never knew existed. Here, he finds that the falling star has become a beautiful human girl, Yvaine. But the land beyond the wall is also a dangerous one, as also after the star is an evil witch who wants to make her look young again, as well as four princes who need the star to become king.

            The cast list in this is so good with a few of the main ones being Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ricky Gervais. Every single character is so excellent and the detail in each characters' appearance, costume, personality and performance makes every single one completely different, entertaining and unique. From Captain Shakespeare, a secretly gay pirate, to Lamia, an outstandingly beautiful witch who is actually very ugly and evil underneath, and the dead ghosts of the princes who are killing each other off one by one in a bid to get themselves on the throne.

            The relationship that develops between Tristan and Yvaine is also lovely to watch as Tristan is a very lovely guy and Yvaine is wonderful to watch, especially when she is happy as she begins to glow, like all stars do.

            This really is such a great film and I'm sure that any fan of the fantasy genre will love it. Those who aren't keen on fantasy movies may find this a little difficult to get into as it is very magical and over-the-top and so may seem silly to some people. I however, absolutely love all the magic and silly stuff, as it's what makes the movie so entertaining and mesmerizing. It's also full of plenty of funny moments whether that's watching Robert de Niro dressed in women's clothes prancing around like a fairy or the dead ghosts of the princes being sarcastic and cursing each other the entire time.

            This has to be one of my favourite films and without a doubt one of the best fantasy films. You really should watch this - I can't say enough good things about it. It is such a fantastic film and one that I could watch over and over again.

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              31.03.2010 23:01
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              good fantasy adventure film

              An absolute star studded cast take on this fantasy adventure film. Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, David Walliams, to name but a few!! The story is centred on a boy/man (not quite sure how old he is) who lives in a village called Wall and is a bit of a dreamer. Wall itself is called this because of course there is a wall that is by the side of the village and there is a hole in it which is kept guarded by an old man and has been for a long time as a group of men are the gatekeepers to the magical world, Stormhold, that is on the other side of the wall.

              The boy, Tristan is a good hearted lad but fantasises about travelling the world and of life with the perfect girl, Victoria in the village. Of course she has no interest in him but teases him along. One evening Tristan is having a picnic with Victoria and they see a shooting star at which the spoilt girl says that she wants it and as a declaration of his love Tristan decides to go and get it for her, even though it means going into the magical world. The resulting story contains the adventure of Tristan trying to collect the star which involves witches both good and bad, kings, princes, pirates you name it they have it. I won't spoil the story for you as it is a lovely story and the production is very well put together. It can be a bit predictable as with all fairy stories however it has lots of action, and jumps very nicely from place to place and the costumes and sets make you believe that this magical world actually does exist. This film is perfect for children or even just for a mindless film where you can just kick back and chill out while watching it without overthinking anything. Take That sing the main song to the film and it is a beautiful song which really fits well with the film.

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              A fantastical ride into another world

              This is a charming and funny film which I have very fond memories of as it completely captured my attention and absorbed me into the story at a difficult time in my life, meaning I didn't have to think about the normal world for the whole time it was on, something quite rare for a film.

              The story follows our hero, a young man called Tristan Thorne who happens to live in a small village which borders a dangerous, strange and magical realm (not unlike Paisley, if you can describe Glasgow as 'magical' ) He is a bit clumsy and feels out of place in a gangly teenage boy way, and is trying to woo a very haughty Sienna Miller. When he sees a star fall from the sky and land in Stormhold (the result of the dying king giving a challenge to his heirs) he decides to go capture it as a gift for his beloved.

              His dad gives him a candle which will transport him to wherever he likes, a heirloom from his mum, who wouldn't you know it, is from the magic realm! Tristan uses the candle to find the star, Yvaine, played by the tall, not very delicate or star-like Claire Danes and promptly chains her up.

              Meanwhile, in typical baddy fashion, some witches decide they'd quite like the star too thank you very much, so they can eat her heart to become young again (think Joan Rivers). Tristan and Yvaine go on a journey, evading the traps of the witches, exploring the magical and quirky world, meeting a camp pirate played by Robert De Niro and finally, you guessed it, falling in love against the odds.

              The cast is huge and features some great actors. The sons of the kings are great, all scheming against each other with no ounce of brotherly love, and the addition of Julian Rhind-Tutt is always a welcome one in my eyes. Michelle Pfeiffer is wicked in every sense of the word and the main characters are likeable and well rounded.

              It came as not too much of a surprise when after watching it, I found out Stardust was originally written by comic book legend, Neil Gaiman. It reflects his witty, otherwordly style really well and is well worth a couple of hours of your time.

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                19.03.2010 13:13
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                Five stars from me - This is truly a fun filled fantasy adventure!

                Stardust was released in 2007 and stars Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Clare Danes and Robert De Niro.

                A brief description of the plot is as follows...

                In the village of Wall we meet a young man called Tristan who is completely besotted with a local girl called Victoria. One night they happen to see a falling star and Tristan immediately promises to find the star for her. Victoria states that if he can bring the star back to her within a week she will marry him. Tristan then sets off on a journey that will change his life forever.

                The running time for Stardust is 100 minutes with a classification of PG, you can currently buy this DVD from Amazon for £3.00.

                Film / Plotline...

                Stardust is basically a fantasy adventure with a love story thrown in, to be honest it has become a favourite of mine. With plenty of laughs and adventure this all goes into making this a very fun film to watch. The film has a great story which flows really well, with also plenty of comedy moments. One scene in particular involving Captain Shakespere is one of the best in the film.

                The special effects that are included in this film are all very good especially the transformation of Michelle Pfeiffer's character Lamia near the beginning of the film. The ending also has some pretty good special effects which all add something special to this film. I do have to point out that as soon as you start watching this film you will probably see the ending coming a mile away. However this really doesn't bother me as I still find the film watchable with a fast moving plot.

                Characters / Actors...

                All of the characters work well and help make this film highly watchable but the stand out performance for me is Robert De Niro as Captain Shakespere. It is both over the top and very funny his performance really gave the film something extra.

                I really like the character of Tristan and it is interesting to see him mature as the film progresses, this is all portrayed perfectly by Charlie Cox. I thought that Clare Danes portrayed the character of Yvaine really well her character at first is very moody and not happy with the situation but then again who could blame her. I loved how the characters of Tristan and Yvaine interacted with each other. It is great to watch as Charlie Cox and Clare Danes share great on screen chemistry.

                I thought the character of Lamia made a great villain and Michelle Pfeiffer actually played the part of a witch surprisingly well. It was a change to see her playing the part of someone who is evil. Also Mark Strong's character was a great addition to the film as the character is so desperate to be king that he has no problem in trying to kill off all his brothers. I didn't really mind Ricky Gervais part in the film the first time I saw it but now when I watch it I do find him a little annoying. It is only a very small part so it isn't a major problem.

                Overall Opinion...

                I really like Stardust and when I put the DVD on it always manages to make me smile and cheer me up. There are no boring bits, the film progresses at a good pace and I love the journey that the characters go on. I think the film has a good mix of fantasy, adventure, comedy and romance which all adds up to making a really great film. Stardust has great characters and a very interesting story that will appeal to both children and adults. I have to recommend this film it is definitely worth watching.

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                  Enjoyable but is it worth a second view?

                  StarDust is a 2007 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, and Clare Danes, it is an adaptation of Neil Gaimans novel of the same name.

                  Synopsis

                  England is separated from the magical kingdom of Stormhold by a wall, at the village of Wall. This wall has stood for centuries guarded 24 hours a day. The hero Tristan is engaged to Victoria (Sienna Millar), sees a star fall behind the wall and vows to retrieve it for her. He gets across the wall and the adventure begins.

                  The star turns out to be a beautiful blond girl called Yvaine (Danes), who has a mystical air and the secret of eternal life. She is being pursued by three witches led by Lamia (Pfeiffer), of course they are Macbethian in original. They believe that the star can return their lost youth and beauty as they are the definitive old hags.

                  You know how the story is going to unfurl, Tristan and Yvaine are going to meet and at first they will not see eye to eye. There will be by necessity a journey before the film moves to a conclusion This is fairly standard rom com fare, we've all seen films of this ilk but its set in a fantasy setting which at least gives the film more of an edge.

                  The Shakespearean theme continues in the Learesque king of Stormhold (Peter O'Toole) and his many sons. As each son is killed they return to bicker as black and white ghosts, the manner of their deaths is manifest as their ghosts. The brothers have been killing each other but once dead the anomosity disappears. Finally only one survives, Septimus and he is also looking for the star.

                  Along their journey, Tristam of course betrays Yviennne, and they meet the air pirate Captain Shakespeare, Shakespeare has a hidden secret and is played brilliantly by Robert De Niro. It would be fair to say that De Niro steals the film; he fizzes whenever he's on screen and appears to be having a great time.


                  Thoughts

                  There are a lot of good things in this novel, there are moments of high cabaret campness and a bit of frothy comedy throughout. There is a standout performance from Robert De Niro and the sight of an aged Michelle Pfeiffer; she gets older every time she performs a spell. Ricky Gervais pops up and plays a brilliant Ricky Gervais, and his ending is apt.

                  The film has plenty of special effects and keeps your attention, but the film feels cluttered and unrefined. The director tends to keep everything in motion stopping the viewer from thinking too hard about the script. This is a comic fantasy film, with plenty of ribald and witty dialogue but there's not enough real story to entertain the viewer for more than one view.

                  Could this film have been better? Yes, but it never could have been another Princess Bride but it could have been infinitely worse.

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                    Worth a watch, whoever you are

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                    Introduction

                    The fantasy film is a slightly hit and miss sort of creation. For every Lord of the Rings or Princess Bride, you have a slew of generic sword-and-sorcery epics which are instantly forgettable. Looking at the write up for Stardust, you might suspect more of the same - pretty as a picture hero navigates limp plot and poor script in effort to rescue marginally interesting heroine. You would expect that, until you saw the name Neil Gaiman. Then you would know you were in for a rather different ride.

                    Neil Gaiman is a novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter, famous for brilliant and off the wall fantasy novels such as Coraline and Neverwhere. He specialises in vividly original stories, fiercely imaginative, where a relatively simple story is told using fantastic characters and dark humour. He wrote Stardust in 1998, with the film following in 2007: and, though I have never read that particular book, I would guess that the voice of the author has translated quite well into this magic little film.

                    Plot synopsis

                    The story begins in the small English village of Wall, a place unremarkable except for the fact that nearby there runs a drystone wall in which lies a portal to another world, the Land of Stormhold. The hero of the story is Tristan (Charlie Cox), native of the village, who out of love for a girl called Victoria (Sienna Miller) crosses the wall in order to seek out a falling star that they saw tracking across the sky. What they do not know to start with is that the star is actually a girl, played by Claire Danes, and that she is also being chased by an evil witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wishes to cut out her heart in order to achieve eternal life.

                    At the same time as Tristan is trying to bring back the star to please his love, the old King of Stormhold (Peter O'Toole) is dying. His four remaining sons each want to be the next King, but to become heir to the throne they must quest and find a magical necklace which has been thrown across the Kingdom. Unbeknownst to them, the flying necklace is actually what knocked the Star out of the sky, and is around her neck - and so the plot threads meet.

                    The following plot is brilliant, containing flying pirate ships, waltzing stars, magical inns and people being turned into goats, birds and all sorts. But I hate to read spoilers myself, and so if you want to know any more about the plot, I'm afraid you'll just have to watch the film!

                    My opinion

                    The basic plot of Stardust contains nothing entirely new - a boy going on a quest, discovering himself, becoming a man, fighting an evil witch. But the way in which it is decorated and executed is absolutely beautiful. You have a star made human, which glows when it is happy: a ship, but one that flies through the clouds and harvests lightning: a witch who eats stars to stay looking young, and ages with every bit of magic she uses. Additionally, the story moves at decent speed - it did not feel like we had been sitting in front of the telly for nearly two hours (with advert breaks).

                    Like the plot, the characters are also a cut above the ordinary fantasy sketches. Firstly, the main character, Tristan. For much of the film he is a clumsy boy, with a bad hair cut and scruffy clothing - far from the heroic action man often beloved by fantasy writers. More than that, he is absolutely real. The bit that made the character for me was when he was about to be involved in a fight, and there was a brief shot of his hand shaking where it grasped the sword. Fear is not something that heroes seem to experience often. Of the fenale leads, the apparent heroine is self obsessed, childish and shallow, while the star, despite being an ethereal being of incredible beauty, also has frequent tantrums when being told what to do. And the evil witch? She is just deliciously nasty.

                    As well as the well drawn main characters, the supporting characters also lend a healthy three dimensional feel to the imaginary world of Stormhold. I can't write too much about the characters of the seven Stormhold Princes without giving too much away, but enough to say that they are very irritating and very funny. The many witches that are met on route and their accompanying servants also provide some dark humour and make your skin crawl very efficiently. And special mention goes to Robert De Niro, playing rather against type as a frills and feathers loving cross dressing pirate captain who is trying to protect his image.

                    From the characters to the actors who inhabit them - and overall, the actors do a good job. Charlie Cox was an unknown when the film was made, but is charmingly believable in the role of Tristan. Clare Danes is glowingly lovely as the star - beautiful, but with enough spark and flaws that the audience can engage with her. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer stay (just about) on the right side of ham and seem to be having a lot of fun. Peter O'Toole acts everyone off the screen while lying down (literally). And the Princes play their pompous, self obsessed parts very well. I know a review should be critical, but it's impossible when I can remember no glaring missteps that I would want to criticise.

                    There are also many other brilliant aspects of the film which deserve mentioning. Firstly there is the imagery of the land of Stormhold. This is not always realistic in the kind of 'could be a photo' way pioneered in Lord of the Rings - you can tell easily what is drawn or computer animated and what is real. But when something is drawn beautifully, why on earth should that matter? So artistically, Stardust takes the biscuit. I also loved the music, as it adds enough tempo and mood to the film without ever becoming too overpowering.

                    Conclusion

                    There is a temptation with a film like Stardust to glance at the TV Guide, see the word fantasy and say: ' Oh, it's not for me.' Please don't. You will miss an absolute treat. Because what the breakdown above can't get across is that Stardust has energy, and heart, and drags you into a beautiful imaginary world that genuinely takes you away from your problems for a precious two hours. It expertly balances darkness with sweetness, humour with sincerity, magic and realism. I absolutely adored it. And I think that all those involved in its creation should be very, very proud.

                    Thanks for reading :)

                    Stardust, 2007
                    Duration: 127 minutes
                    Direction: Matthew Vaughn
                    Certificate: PG

                    Silverbird44, 2010

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                      10.02.2010 10:03
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                      A good family film

                      I rented this film from Blockbusters as part of their 5 films for £5 deal. At that price most films are worth a look but this was stood out as my sister had seen it and commented on how funny it was.

                      Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, Stardust follows the journey of Tristan. (Charlie Cox) who lives in the quaint English town of wall. In order to win the heart of Victoria (Sienna Miller) he promises to bring her back the shooting star that they see falling to earth and she promises to marry him in return. When he finds the star he is puzzled because it is a young woman named Yvaine (Clare Danes) and not a lump of rock. He sets about taking her back home for his sweetheart but runs into trouble on the way. A trio of witches lead by Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) want to chop out her heart to give them eternal youth and beauty and a group of princes seek the necklace she wears to give them the key to their fathers throne. As the journey progresses he meets a strange trader (Ricky Gervais) and a lovely sky captain (Robert De Niro) who offers them refuge on his ship.

                      The story is enchanting and I was entertained for the full 2 hours running time. I really enjoyed the light hearted comedy and interesting story. It seemed to flow effortlessly between scenes and although venturing into the realms of fantasy it was very believable. The setting was perfect, I thought the backgrounds were realistic and not too over the top.

                      Charlie Cox played Tristan very well. He captured the young naïve boy at the beginning perfectly and then portrayed the maturing adolescent well too. Sienna Miller was surprisingly good at playing a spoiled rich girl who had no concerns for others. I thought Clare Danes was a little wooden but looked pretty when 'shining' never the less. It was nice to see Michelle Pfeiffer as I haven't seen her in a film for a few years now. She too was great at playing her character; she depicted the witch's mannerisms and desperation brilliantly. My favourite character of all though was Captain Shakespeare. I have only really seen Robert De Niro in more serious films so it was lovely to see him in a comedic role as a 'whoopsie'.

                      All in all this is a good film. I am a fan of fantasy films but usually a little darker than this, but this one ticks most of the boxes. It's a nice one to watch with the kids on a Sunday afternoon. Although there are some adult jokes, they aren't anything offensive. I've given it four stars because although there's action, adventure and comedy it's just not quite there. It is rated PG and this is probably suitable because there are a couple of sexual innuendos. It can be bought on Amazon for £2.98 at the moment which is definitely well worth it.

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                        06.02.2010 15:22
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                        Magical

                        I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan, so when I heard that the film adaptation of his massively popular Stardust illustrated novel, I was extremely thrilled, and then quite suspicious, because I usually am when it comes to adaptations.

                        However, director Matthew Vaughn had managed an incredible film. The transition from book to film is never easy; the original source material, when it comes to books, is often not very cinematic - books tend to focus a lot on emotions and the book of Stardust is much more character focused than it is action, but this time around I think it went almost perfectly.

                        Charlie Cox plays Tristan Thorn (originally unpronouncably called Tristran in the book. It's those little things), who lives in the village of Wall, in England. It is called Wall because of the big wall at the end of it, which apparently separates it from a totally different world. When he promises to fetch his beloved Victoria a star that fell on the other side of the wall, he learns that his father once crossed the wall (which you normally cannot, because it is guarded), and Tristan is the result of one night between his father and the slave of a marketplace keeper, an evil witch.

                        Using the magical Babylon candle that was found in the basket he was delivered in, he teleports to the star, which turns out to be anthropomorphically personified, and portrayed by Claire Danes, who he convinces to go back with him to Wall. Together, they embark on the journey, but there are other people after the star: a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wishes to steal her heart to gain her and her sisters' youth back, and two princes trying to get the pendant around her neck so they could be king.

                        To use one word for it, I'll have to say that Stardust is magical. It's everything fantasy stories used to be: evil witches, princes on horseback, lightning pirates and the rest, but with so many good twists and turns. It's a love story, and also a comedy, because it is quite funny, and in a lot of ways is very reminiscent to the Princess Bride, if a bit more serious than that.

                        There haven't been many films to capture my imagination like this film did, and to me seemed much more like a fantasy than something like the Lord of the Rings ever did. While that film seemed much more real, Stardust really lets loose and anything can happen. It's wicked, funny, and greatly engrossing.

                        With great supporting acting from Robert DeNiro (in a great surprise role), Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Ricky Gervais and a load of others, Stardust will leave you spellbound

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                          08.01.2010 23:28
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                          Great Fairytale!

                          Main Characters:
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                          Yvaine: Claire Danes
                          Lamia: Michelle Pfeiffer
                          Captain Shakespeare: Robert De Niro
                          Tristan: Charlie Cox
                          Victoria: Sienna Miller
                          Ferdy the Fence: Ricky Gervais
                          King: Peter O'Toole

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                          A fairy tale in which a young man, Tristan, promises to bring his crush, Victoria, a falling star in the hope that she will marry him. However, when he actually finds this "fallen star", he sees that it's really a woman, and that an old witch is trying to steal her beauty by cutting out her heart! In this adventure, Tristan has to protect Yvaine in order to give her to Victoria as promised, but comes across many different obstacles; for instance, Lightning Pirates, three witches, princes and more!

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                          When the film first came out, I figured that it would be just one of those boring fantasy, rom-com style films which I would hate. However, after being bugged by my friend to watch it, I got it for Christmas, and I absolutely loved it. The storyline is nothing like what I expected, as it is quite unique and very gripping. It is your basic fairytale type of story; it shows exactly what someone is prepared to do to win their true love, but also shows that love turns up in the weirdest of places!

                          The acting is amazing; with an all-star cast I wouldn't expect anything less, but it really does astound you the way all of the characters are in sync with each other. You can feel yourself getting drawn into the film over and over again as you wish for the characters to either escape, fall in love, whatever. It's extremely intense the way in which Danes and Cox play their scenes together, you can feel them getting closer and closer, and you wish for them to get together, but this doesn't happen until the end, keeping you in suspense. Michelle Pfeiffer is great as the witch, playing the part to a tee; it's hilarious when she uses her magic and becomes older and older, her hair falling out and half her face getting wrinkled.

                          The fantasy side of the film is immense; it sparkles like any fairytale should, and the settings are amazing. I particularly love the way Yvaine (the star) glows when she's happy, and dims when she's not, as it shows how advanced the special effects are which are being used. Special effects are also used greatly with Pfeiffer as the witch as I've said previously; she doesn't look artificially old, but extremely realistic.

                          I would fully recommend this film, as it has everything a fairytale should have. It's got the witches, the princes, the stars, the love, and the moral. Amazing - ten out of ten from me!

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                            An amazing film for anyone of any age!

                            Stardust! An enchanting tale of romance and adventure. It combines comedy [because it is quite funny] and fantasy, with an enriched storyline which keeps the viewers on edge. It portrays love, greed, and rivalry; from falling stars to pirates, this film enables the viewer to be immersed in the action. The characters are envisioned perfectly, giving watchers the chance to relate and identify with them. The action is consistent throughout the film, and moves the story along quickly, without skipping important parts of the plot. The actors give a unique feel to the original graphic novel, and they play the roles magnificently. The story is told from three different points of view, giving you the chance to choose your own protagonist, therefore offering something for everyone. All three of the points of view come together at the end, when the characters come together. I would definitely recommend this film to everyone, as it is one of the best of our time.

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                          Stardust settles over the viewer like a twinkly cloak. The film, which captures the magic and vision of author Neil Gaiman's fantasy graphic fable, is a transportive journey into a world of true enchantment, which fans of the Harry Potter books will enjoy as well as will adults looking for the perfect date movie. The tale is a not-so-simple love story and adventure, set in 19th century England, and an alternate universe of witches, spells and stars that turn human--and hold the key to eternal life. Young Tristan (played with wide-eyed vigour by Charlie Cox) vows to retrieve a fallen star for the most beautiful girl in the village, the shallow Victoria (Sienna Miller), and in his quest finds his true love--in a true "meet-cute" moment (by Babylon-candle-speeding into the just-crashed human incarnation of the star, Claire Danes). Much of the film involves the duo's journey back home--though home for Tristan is his village, and home for the celestial Yvaine is, of course, in the heavens. There are villains, notably Michelle Pfeiffer as the vain witch who seeks the fountain of youth a fallen star can give, and the seven venal sons of the dying king of the mythical realm, backstabbing, grasping, and hilarious--even in death as a ghostly Greek chorus. While the sparks of love between Tristan and Yvaine are resonant and touching, Stardust truly succeeds as a brilliant fantasy yarn--and as a comedy with more than its share of belly laughs. Much of the humour belongs to Robert De Niro, who plays a notoriously wicked air pirate who is secretly a bit light in his swashbucklers. Ricky Gervais has a small but memorable role essentially channeling his character from Extras, including his catchphrase, "Are you having a laugh?!" The special effects are all that any fan of Gaiman would wish for. Catch a bit of Stardust and you'll feel enchanted for a good long while. --A.T. Hurley