Jane Goldman (screenplay) &
Matthew Vaughn (screenplay) …
19 October 2007 (UK)
Adventure / Fantasy / Romance
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.
(Cast overview, first billed only)
Charlie Cox … Tristan Thorn
Ian McKellen … Narrator (voice)
Bimbo Hart … Young Scientist
Alastair MacIntosh … Victorian Academic
David Kelly … Guard
Ben Barnes … Young Dunstan Thorn
Kate Magowan … Slave Girl – Una
Melanie Hill … Ditchwater Sal
Sienna Miller … Victoria
Henry Cavill … Humphrey
Nathaniel Parker … Dunstan Thorn
Darby Hawker … Grumpy Customer
Frank Ellis … Mr. Monday
Peter O’Toole … King
Mark Strong … Septimus
This is a film I watched before Christmas and has been on my ‘to review’ list for a while. I should have reviewed it at the time because it really is, like the cliche, a modern fairy tale to outstrip most contenders to the throne.
The story is well constructed if not with out a few continuity and other flaws. Robert De Niro puts in a career new in his role as the captain of the air ship. This is probably the only role I have seen him in where he genuinely pulls off ‘funny’.
Michelle Pfeiffer puts in a suitably scary performance, for children, as the main witch, aided by some rather good make-up.
The stars of the show, Danes and Charlie Cox do what they have to. I’m a huge fan of Danes, not least because she is easy on the eye. I do find that she plays pretty much the same role in every film she does however. All in all the acting is suitable if not outstanding.
The film as a whole does exactly what it says on the tin. A film the whole family can watch and enjoy, with more than adequate special effects. My youngest ones were asking when they could watch it again shortly after.