Well, I finally had a chance to watch the movie Stardust over the holidays, and I have to say it was totally worth it. I rushed out after Christmas and purchased it on DVD because it had to be in my collection!
Here’s the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486655/
This movie was fun and full of magic for me — much like the book. It’s been a long time since I could say I liked a movie as well as the book (has to go back to the Lord of the Rings series), but it is sweet happenstance when it occurs!
Based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman, Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn constructed a script that held to the story without losing the flavor or feel of the book. All too often, books end up maimed and butchered at the hands of scriptwriters trying to fit them into a movie form — but this worked.
The basic story is this… a young man smitten with a girl out of his social league sees a shooting star and promises to return it to her in exchange for her hand in marriage. This leads him on a magical adventure beyond the Wall in a realm where magic shapes reality and faerie tales live and breathe. He finds himself in love with the star, Yvaine (played by Claire Danes), and they go on to encounter fierce princes, a trio of witchly sisters (Pfeiffer being one), and a sky captain with a penchant for women’s clothing (played with fun and flair by De Niro).
Suffice it to say this was one of the highlights of my holidays and I hope to see this several times over the course of the next few years. It will sit proudly next to my worn copy of The Princess Bride. 🙂
This gets 5 stars out of a possible 4 because I enjoyed it so much!
Until next time… Go see a movie!