Director: Matthew Vaughan
Starring: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer
“A philosopher once asked: ‘Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the because we are human?’
“Pointless, really… ‘Do the stars gaze back?’ Now that’s a question.”
When Ian McKellen, as the narrator, utters these words at the beginning of the film, you know you’re about to watch something very magical.
At its heart, Stardust is about love. It’s an enchanting story about princes, witches and (walking, talking) stars – and what happens when their world mingles with our own.
It’s based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. The adapted screenplay was written by director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman. In an interview with USA Today, Gaiman explained: “I don’t believe there is any moral high ground in reproducing something exactly. I would hate for people to go and see a version of Stardust that is Stardust the book, only not as good.”
Released as a PG, Stardust is a fairy story for both children and adults. In one particular scene, children would find it funny that there is a man in a dress. Adults would find that scene funny because the man in a dress is Robert de Niro.
Claire Danes is great as the lovely Yvaine. Charlie Cox, who plays Tristan Thorn, is not bad either and together they make a very pretty couple. Tristan, you see, is in love with the beautiful Victoria and he vows to reclaim a fallen star to prove his love. When he arrives at where the star has fallen, he has a big surprise waiting for him – Yvaine.
As part of his promise to Victoria, Tristan must be back for her birthday. So, it’s a race against time as it turns out that Tristan isn’t the only one who is after the fallen star.
Tristan starts his journey in the town of Wall and what he doesn’t realise is that on the other side of the wall, life is far more exciting – and dangerous.
Firmly seated in the fantasy genre, I could quite happily watch Stardust over and over again, each time picking up on something different. Even with Michelle Pfeiffer on board, it is definitely a Brit movie and – as well as the lovely Mark Strong – Mark Heap, Rupert Everett, David Walliams and Julian Rhind-Tutt are great as the royal brothers.
It is the little touches which make this a very special film. Yvaine’s glow is a lovely touch and, being a star, completely natural. Why wouldn’t she glow? Captain Shakespeare is a great character, too. Catching lightning seems quite scary but I’d definitely like to have a go! Especially if the lovely Charlie Cox was on hand to help!