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.

My initial urge for actually seeing this movie was because of the director, Matthew Vaughn. He is the producer of Lock Stock and Snatch which made Guy Ritchie the richy he is today. His first directorial debut was a brilliant little drug caper called Layer Cake which to me personally, was everything I wanted Guy to be. A little more down to earth, a little less SLAM! BAM! in your face cutting, but with all the suave style of the British mob on screen.

As Stardust starts off I am very very unimpressed to say the least. I am totally unconvinced of the fairy tale being told and I am really not enjoying the world created. As they story progresses I find myself laughing with a bit of the humor and giving in to a bit of the story. By the end I was accepting what was being shown to me. A slow evolution but by god I finally got into it.

One surprise of the movie is the moments of RAW! For the most part the movie is light and energetic but every now and again something happens violently shaking you from the cute bunnies and fairy dust. There are actually some amazing scenes toward the end with the final showdowns. Especially when the last prince gets his...actually its amazing.

A couple of times I was feeling the love the characters were trying to portray. I felt like finding the girl of my dreams and marrying her happily ever after without a care in the world. But these moments and thoughts were far less fleeting than the filmmakers intended.

In hindsight the movie didn't feel like a waste of time or money...well I go for free get the idea. Just don't give up to early and make sure to just give in and accept was is being seen.
Reviewed by: shea
4 Comment(s)
Chris Flanigan ( said...
you know... I watched Godfather II the other day. DeNiro where have you gone? He's like a full time comedian now. He used to be so versatile. Maybe like Carey he needs something different to prove himself, but he's been proving the comedy world since Meet the Parents. I need the old DeNiro back!!!
Chris said...
5 stars all the way.

This is the new fun humorous action packed date movie. Move over Princess Bride Stardust is here to kick your ass.

You really can't beat seeing DeNiro dressed in drag, no other movie has that.
Shea said...
5 Stars? Get out of my face! WHAT! Move over Princess Bride!!!!??? I am throwing up in my mouth. This was a movie made of moments but moments dont make an entirety... I totally disagree with 5 stars and in hindsight feel fortunate it got 3.
jenL said...
DeNiro = awesomeness.
Rest of film = meh.

"Move over Princess Bride?"
No way, no how, not ever will this movie EVER rank anywhere near PB.