Stardust (2007)

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Overview

Director:
Matthew Vaughn

Writers:
Jane Goldman (screenplay) &
Matthew Vaughn (screenplay) …

Release Date:
19 October 2007 (UK)

Genre:
Adventure / Fantasy / Romance

Plot Outline:
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
(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

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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.

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