Stardust provides us with a wonderful, new fairy tale. The protagonist, Tristan, promises the girl he is courting that he will retrieve a fallen star in return for her hand in marriage. But Tristan isn’t the only one after the star. A witch and a wicked prince are also after it for their own nefarious purposes.
The story is engaging and satisfying, if not particularly surprising. Things play out pretty much the way you expect them to, but this is hardly a slander against the film. It is, after all, intended to be a fairy tale and it executes this purpose magnificently.
Speaking of “executing” there was a bit of violence in this film, but most of it was standard fare for movies of this type. Most of the violence was implied, not shown. That said, it might be a little disturbing for younger viewers.
The movie is rated PG-13 due to fantasy violence and some risqué dialog.
I thought the actors’ performances were spot-on from the sweet, but timid Tristan to the frighteningly powerful and evil Lamia, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, who, of course, did an absolutely stunning job (how do you like the number of commas in that sentence?). Ricky Gervais was almost the highlight of the film for me, bringing his hilarious delivery to an entirely too-short scene. Movie producers, we want more Ricky!
The film was beautiful with exceptional special effects, perfect costumes and nice camera work. The score was slightly forgettable, but inoffensive.
Hayley and I both enjoyed this movie immensely. The ending is satisfying and leaves you feeling uplifted and happy to be in love. This film will likely be purchased by the Ramsey household upon its DVD release.
I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you seen this flick? What did you think?