Starring: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
In a small English countryside village which borders a magical land a young man, Tristan Thorn, vows to the one he loves to cross the border into the unknown to retrieve a fallen star. With many mysterious people searching for the same fallen star Tristan faces a race against time to get to the star before everybody else.
I’ve considered watching Stardust so many times but this kind of fantasy adventure is a genre that is extremely hit or miss for me with the majority falling short and being slightly disappointing. Finally, today was the day that I decided to give Stardust a blast as I hoped for the best. Thankfully, the risk paid off and this was quite a nice surprise which I enjoyed very much.
The story started off real slow and initially I was apprehensive and thought today’s movie choice was a poor one. Thankfully after the opening half hour the movie began picking up and the story really started rolling and gathering some speed. Stardust is a movie that boasts such an impressive cast of Hollywood stars as well as big British names to boot. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen a cast with such talent as Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Claire Danes, Ricky Gervais, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill and Peter O’Toole all feature along with another handful of wonderful actors. You can’t deny that Stardust has the star power and the acting throughout was top notch as would be expected from such a high profile talent pool.
The movie allows you to lose yourself in its fantasy universe as you are treated to adventure, romance, fighting and bizarre yet phenomenal surroundings. The characters in the movie are superbly well written and well acted as Michelle Pfeiffer plays a villainous witch and Robert De Niro is great as a flamboyant pirate who I would’ve loved to have seen more of. The chemistry between the two main stars (Tristan and Yvaine) is also good which allows the story to flow smoothly. The movie is complemented well by Ian McKellen who is the narrator and his voice is just perfect for this type of movie and the story that takes place.
As I mentioned earlier this movie did start off quite slow and a little monotonous and it’s imperative that you remain interested as the story and adventure does pick up after the opening 20-30 minutes or so. Although this movie is full of stars which is mostly a good thing, I felt there were a little too many characters for me to keep track of and there just wasn’t enough time for me to care about all of them as at times the story became slightly over crowded.
Overall, Stardust was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting not to like it but it turned out to be an exciting fantasy ride with some great characters.