|Genre: Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation |
|Running Time: 128 min. |
|Release Date: 08/10/2007 (Wide) |
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for Some fantasy violence and risque humor
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
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). However, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A king's (Peter O'Toole) four living sons - not to mention the ghosts of their three dead brothers - all need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristan must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), who needs the star to make her young again. As Tristan battles to survive these threats, encountering a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and a shady trader named Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais) along the way, his quest changes. He must now win the heart of the star for himself as he discovers the meaning of true love.
It was a very busy year at work so I missed Stardust when it was at the theatre. It’s times like that when the large screen HD-TV pays for itself. As this film begins, I was reminded of the M. Night Shyamalsn’s, The Village. A boy attempts to venture from his quaint English village and is stopped at “the wall” by a crusty old gate keeper saying no one may enter the realm on the other side. This worried me. But soon thereafter it became clear that the similarity between these films ended there.
The acting quality in this movie would be best described as acceptable. Robert De Niro turns in a good performance as Captain Shakespeare but the other actors grace the screen with their looks more than their performing talent. Where this film shines, aside from the hair of the “Star,” Claire Danes, is in its special effects and set design. It is an artful combination of the worlds from The Princess Bride and Harry Potter. The screenplay follows a rather familiar storyline but includes enough twists to keep it from being altogether predictable.
I love the medieval fantasy genre and am sure others who do will really enjoy this film. It’s tame enough to take your children and mature enough to engage adults. Who knows, it might even have enough of magic left to get an Oscar nod for special effects and then you’d all have to put it in your Netflix queue, right?Grade: B
12/28/2007 - Bob Stanza