Neil Gaiman's imagination knows no bounds and although much of my exposure to his work is that of his Smoke and Mirrors Anthology, he inspires me with his wonderful plots and characters.
I heard about Stardust for a minute when it came out but I never made it to the theaters and before I knew it, it was on DVD but not on cable. Even though I kept hearing wonderful things about this movie, I wondered why there wasn't much marketing and talk about it.
Finally I sat down with a copy I ordered from Amazon and boy was I hooked. This was definitely a fairytale for adults and despite the familiar storyline, the movie felt very original and immensely engaging.
The plot is as follows:
Stardust follows a young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) who 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 (the lovely Claire Danes). His journey takes him to a mysterious and forbidden land beyond the walls of his village.
Simple enough, no?
Yes, but Gaiman's story is one that is simple yet complex with many threads running alongside the main character's. All of the characters are awesome with a diverse goal that eventually converges around the star. I've been a Claire Danes fangirl since My So-Called Life and it's awesome to follow the progression of her work throughout the years. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was on earlier today before I popped in Stardust for the umpteenth time and I had Little Women lined up after. Whoa, Claire Danes-a-thon!
Stardust not only has a great story, a likable hero that grows throughout the story but the visuals are simply breathtaking. I found myself taking mental pictures of gorgeous setting. My favorites are from the dark forest at night with a hint of light shining through the trees when the unicorn joins the star. Another would be the amazing digital work of the pirate's sky ship.
The movie was also really funny; complete with wonderful one-liners and witty banter. It's no wonder because alongside the main actors, we got Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Cavill and Ricky Gervais within the cast. The movie was simply bursting with talent.
I'm trying not to give too much away even though I want to gush like crazy all over this movie. There are a lot of little goodies that progress throughout the movie that are better experienced by viewing and I don't want to spoil it for anyone out there reading who hasn't seen the movie. Whether you're a fantasy fan, romance fan or just want an entertaining good movie, check out Stardust. You won't be disappointed!
This one goes on my list for favorite movies of all time.