Stardust

  • PG
  • Matthew Vaughn (2007)
  • US / UK
  • 122 min
Stardust
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This adaptation of the fantasy graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess invites comparison with The Princess Bride and Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen for its fantastical imagination, scale, humour and cross-generational appeal. Charlie Cox plays Tristan, a young shop assistant in rural Victorian England, who enters a magical parallel world in pursuit of a fallen star in order to prove his worth to indifferent sweetheart Victoria (Sienna Miller). The star has taken on the earthly shape of Yvaine (Claire Danes) and the two find themselves pursued by Lamia the witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) and a motley crew of murderous princes, several of whom are dead. Salvation comes in the unlikely form of Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro), the transvestite captain of a flying pirate ship, and the initial animosity between Tristan and Yvaine slowly gives way to affection. The pace is brisk throughout and the story (co-written by Mrs Jonathan Ross, Jane Goldman) delightfully picaresque, while director Matthew Vaughn makes the most of some awesome Scottish and Icelandic backdrops and impressive studio sets.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess, starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. In Victorian England, young Tristan Thorne goes in search of a fallen star to prove his love to the village beauty. His quest takes him to a magical parallel world, where he faces competition from cunning witch Lamia and an assortment of dastardly princes - some living, some dead.

Cast and crew

Cast

Yvaine
Claire Danes
Tristan Thorne
Charlie Cox
Lamia
Michelle Pfeiffer
Captain Shakespeare
Robert De Niro
Septimus
Mark Strong
Ferdy the fence
Ricky Gervais
Victoria
Sienna Miller
Primus
Jason Flemyng
Secondus
Rupert Everett
The King
Peter O'Toole
Skinny pirate
Dexter Fletcher
Narrator
Ian McKellen
Guard
David Kelly
Young Dunstan
Ben Barnes
Ditchwater Sal
Melanie Hill
Dunstan
Nathaniel Parker
Tertius
Mark Heap
Sextus
David Walliams
Quartus
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Quintus
Adam Buxton
Empusa
Sarah Alexander
Billy
Mark Williams

Crew

Director
Matthew Vaughn

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Oct 2007
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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