Thursday, February 23, 2012

Movie Review: Stardust


Released:  2007

Rated:  PG-13

Genre:  Fantasy, Romance

Length:  127 minutes

Recommendation:  Oh yes.  If you love fantasy with a blend of a budding romance.  Do get this one.

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village.  In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breech in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty.  The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine.  Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne.  Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a transvestite pirate of the skies.  Will Tristan win his true love?

My Thoughts and Summary:
Tristan lives in a small town, called Wall - named so for the guarded wall that runs beside it, with his father.  No one is allowed to cross the wall, into the strange fantasy world on the other side.  One night, trying to win his hearts desire, a beautiful young woman from town, he promises to bring her back the fallen star they just saw zing through the sky, for her hand in marriage.  Tristan learns of his mother, and a way to meet her, but is derailed in his thoughts of finding the fallen star for he local girl he feels strongly for.  Tristan finds his way into the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold, learning the star is a woman, Yvaine, and determined to take her back to his future wife.  But Tristan's not the only one looking for her.  Three long lived witched need the stars heart to bring back youth for them.  Prince sons are killing each other to get to the ruby necklace that knocked Yvaine from her seat in the sky, the very necklace that will decide which of the Princes will rule the kingdom.

This is one movie I've heard just a little about, and thanks to Elaine Corvidae, I had it sent to me from NetFlix.  I even bumped it to #1 to get asap.

I didn't know what I was getting into, but I was very pleased shortly in to the movie, and even loved it by the end.  You know, when this was all over, it left me with the feel of a fantasy with a blend of The Princess Bride type feel.

Tristan is a young man learning his way by learning things he never thought he would, and getting to know his heart along the way.  The world created in Stormhold.  I loved it!  Yes, I'm a fantasy lover, and this world caught my attention.

Michelle Pfeiffer plays the witch on the search for the star as her two sisters stay home helping her from there.  They had one last dose of the last star to give her youth to go in search, but it was funny watching her as she losses her youth through the movie.  When her chest drops, we both laughed out loud.  Well played!  Then we have the Sky Pirate who helps Tristan and Yvaine.  Oh that was a trip!  LOL!  I loved the way Robert De Niro played Captain Shakespeare.  Oh, he was fun.

I think my husband thought I was goofy, once again, by this pick when he saw the ghost brothers.  But I had to chuckle at the state they were in.  *giggle*  Sorry, they struck me strange, but goofy.  But then my husband relaxed and seemed to enjoy the movie as well.  I think the husband was a little so-so on the movie and enjoyed many parts of it, but I loved it. Thank you Elaine Corvidae for bringing this one to my attention.  And I will note, after watching it, I will seriously consider buying the book by Neil Gaiman!


  1. Nice review! Loved this movie as well...the whole thing was well played. Gotta hand it to Michelle Pfieffer though...she is a pretty versatile actress. Thanks for the lovely reminder of this movie...will have to dig it out for a re-watch soon. ^_^

  2. I don't know if I've ever seen the movie. I know I read the book and wasn't impressed.

  3. Hey girl, long time, no "see".... Sorry I've been so MIA. You know how it is. Sometimes the time gets away from us.

    I loved this movie! I think the guy who played Tristan is SO cute. It's definitely one you can watch over and over again, like The Princess Bride.

  4. This movie was so fun :) I really should watch it again

  5. Oh I need to see it. Too bad it is only available on DVD and not instant view. I'll have to keep it in mind tho!

  6. I loved this movie as well. The world, the characters, the story – everything was well done. I especially like the little touch of how Claire Danes glowed when she was happily in love and visibly dimmed whenever she was unhappy.

  7. This was a good and the movie's OST I think was nice. I felt sad in the end somehow even if they were together forever in the skies. Btw, I'm intrigued of your current read, "Aladdin and his Wonderful Infernal Device." :D

  8. I really liked this movie. It is one of the few times when I liked the movie a lot more than the book. :)

  9. I love this movie. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  10. Julie @ My 5 Monkeys - hi! :) So glad to hear you enjoyed this one too. I'm really hearing a lot of people have seen and loved it too. Thank you for stopping by!

    GMR - Thank you! And yes Michelle Pfieffer is amazing and beautiful. And so glad to refresh a lovely memory. :) THank you!

    Carol - Go to hear. I was starting to think I was the only one who had not seen this movie. :) Thank you for stopping by.

    Michelle @ The True Book Addict - Hey!!! No worries. :) I was just thinking of you the other day. Do hope all is going well for you. And so glad to see you enjoyed the movie as well. I thought Tristan a baby doll when he got the long hair. ;D LOL! Thank you!

    Blodeuedd - :) Glad you enjoyed the movie. I'm thinking I need to purchase it to keep with a few others of mine. :) THank you!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - You haven't seen this one? Well, glad I wasn't the only one. :) But I think you will love it. :) Thank you!

    StephanieD - Oh yes! Claire glowing in the end. That is cute. I loved seeing it first on the ship. ;D Glad you enjoyed the movie, thank you!

    Raine - I did think it was wonderful and touching in the end too. And touching on the read, Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device, I finished it and really really enjoyed it! I'm hoping to have the review up either this week or next. Hoping this week. :) Thank you!

    Lieder madchen - Glad to hear you liked the movie too! And now I don't know if I want the book. lol. I was curious about the book after the movie, just to see if the feelings came across there as well. :) Thank you!

    Zia - Oh so glad you enjoyed this movie too! Thank you!


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