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Stardust

  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • 122 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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YvaineClaire Danes
Tristan ThorneCharlie Cox
LamiaMichelle Pfeiffer
Captain ShakespeareRobert De Niro
SeptimusMark Strong
Ferdy the fenceRicky Gervais
VictoriaSienna Miller
PrimusJason Flemyng
SecondusRupert Everett
The KingPeter O'Toole
Skinny pirateDexter Fletcher
NarratorIan McKellen
GuardDavid Kelly
Young DunstanBen Barnes
Ditchwater SalMelanie Hill
DunstanNathaniel Parker
TertiusMark Heap
SextusDavid Walliams
QuartusJulian Rhind-Tutt
QuintusAdam Buxton
EmpusaSarah Alexander
BillyMark Williams
Slave girl / UnaKate Magowan
HumphreyHenry Cavill
MormoJoanna Scanlan
Girl BernardOlivia Grant
BernardJake Curran

Crew

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DirectorMatthew Vaughn

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2007-10-19
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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