Stardust

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Stardust

There’s a lot of seductive qualities in this knowing, pomo, digitally assisted, widescreen, family oriented fairy tale.

It’s adapted with roistering glee by Matthew ‘Layer Cake’ Vaughn from Neil Gaiman’s cult comic-strip, a time-travelling fantasia with princely rivalry, piratical villains, chivalric romances, marvels, magical spells, mythical struggles and Hovis-ad English villages. It plays like a live-action riposte to ‘Shrek’. As if to compensate for carrying human baggage – sorry, actors – Vaughn throws everything at the screen he can. Castles in the sky and hovels on the ground come hurtling towards you courtesy of combined computer and visual effects. Before you settle into its amusingly generic ‘Victorian’ England setting (and the comforts of Ian McKellen’s velvety voice-over), you’re rocketed off on Google Earth-style journeys to the magical, mock-medieval, manically overdesigned virtual world of ‘Stormhold’, then back again to its teeming, independent microcosmics satellite hidden behind the olde village’s guarded stone wall. Like Gulliver’s puny captors or the ropes on Munchausen’s balloon-ship (which is quoted here), the film’s cast has the task of tethering its chaotic flights of fancy.

Charlie Cox, in naturalist register, makes a fist of the young, cambric-shirted hero – Tristan , charged with bringing back a fallen ‘star’ (which turns into an annoying Claire Danes) by his hiss-ably haughty love (tressed-to-kill Sienna Miller). But the rest – O’Toole, Pfeiffer, Gervais et al – wisely camp it up, with Robert De Niro out-camping everyone in a film-stealing turn as buckleswashing Captain Shakespeare. You could call it a cousin of ‘Time Bandits’ or ‘The Princess Bride’, but it lacks the former’s originality and the latter’s heart. No matter, little kids will like the miniature elephants herding in specimen bottles; this writer liked the futuristic gifts – plastic flowers!

By: Wally Hammond

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Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday October 19 2007
Duration: 130 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriter: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
Cast: Charlie Cox
Claire Danes
Michelle Pfeiffer
Robert De Niro
Sienna Miller
Peter O'Toole
Jason Flemyng
Rupert Everett
Ricky Gervais

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:98
  • 4 star:8
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:0
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I really enjoyed this film. Kept me guessing all the way through and is now in my top ten favourite films of all time


I really enjoyed this film. Kept me guessing all the way through and is now in my top ten favourite films of all time


this has to be said the most amazing film ive seen yet. you totaly lose yourself in the film im just gutted its on longer than at actualy is :)


this has to be said the most amazing film ive seen yet. you totaly lose yourself in the film im just gutted its on longer than at actualy is :)


This is the best film ever! And the novel which this film is decended from is by my favourite author Neil Gaiman. I loved this film and it is so oringinal with many twists in the plot. It is one of those rare gems that everyone will enjoy! However I think it is unsutiable for anyone under the age of 13 due to the violence and sexual inuendo that is contained in this film. Eventhough it is a PG it should really be a 12a. Again, fantastic film!


This is the best film ever! And the novel which this film is decended from is by my favourite author Neil Gaiman. I loved this film and it is so oringinal with many twists in the plot. It is one of those rare gems that everyone will enjoy! However I think it is unsutiable for anyone under the age of 13 due to the violence and sexual inuendo that is contained in this film. Eventhough it is a PG it should really be a 12a. Again, fantastic film!


this film was outstanding. i''ve never seen anything like. the cast was brilliant, the special effects were superb, the dialogue was well written and had lots of humer in it. what more can you ask from a film.


this film was outstanding. i''ve never seen anything like. the cast was brilliant, the special effects were superb, the dialogue was well written and had lots of humer in it. what more can you ask from a film.


For god sake-anyone that found this too cheesy is surely heartless!!! It was lovely! Have watched 5 times and im still not fed up!


For god sake-anyone that found this too cheesy is surely heartless!!! It was lovely! Have watched 5 times and im still not fed up!


Fairly good film. Good Acting and great storyline, but if you're over about 13ish and under about 18, then don't bother. You'll come out thinking you're back in Year 4. Still, good film, with a few nice little twists. All i can say is Ricky Gervais wasn't used enough. He's a funny bloke, but only turned up in a couple of scenes. Oh, and you'll never see Robert de Niro the same way ever ever again. Great ideas. Whoever wrote it has the imagination of my dreams. Thanks, LSP lord.


Loved it. Bit of a slow start but then what a wonderful, warming, heartfelt, lovely, film. Love the title track too, practically brings tears to the eyes!


Loved it. Bit of a slow start but then what a wonderful, warming, heartfelt, lovely, film. Love the title track too, practically brings tears to the eyes!


AMAZING i love this film Michelle Pfeiffer was definitely the best, that woman is amazing, i met her once, she is so sweet and kind anyway i am reccomending this to anyone over the age of 7 xxx


AMAZING i love this film Michelle Pfeiffer was definitely the best, that woman is amazing, i met her once, she is so sweet and kind anyway i am reccomending this to anyone over the age of 7 xxx


It is the best film ever, I have seen it three times at the cinema. Its so enchanting and magical that you escape into your own little world while watching it.


It is the best film ever, I have seen it three times at the cinema. Its so enchanting and magical that you escape into your own little world while watching it.


it was absoloutly stunning i worship this film litrally ive been praying for it evry day and cry evry second im away from it i am litrally in love i never thoght ide say that again i owe my life to this film and my hapiness thankyou film and god bless


it was absoloutly stunning i worship this film litrally ive been praying for it evry day and cry evry second im away from it i am litrally in love i never thoght ide say that again i owe my life to this film and my hapiness thankyou film and god bless


Went to see this film Sat nite after reading the reviews on here... I loved the film, would buy on dvd. Not an ideal kids film as the humour in it would be lost on kids! A good fantasy film, with a dont know whars going to happen next feel to it. I would recomend


Went to see this film Sat nite after reading the reviews on here... I loved the film, would buy on dvd. Not an ideal kids film as the humour in it would be lost on kids! A good fantasy film, with a dont know whars going to happen next feel to it. I would recomend


Amazing!!!I loved this film, even though its not what I would normally watch. I would definately recommend this, I was on the edge of my seat all the way through and at the end I had a tear in my eye. Excellent!


Amazing!!!I loved this film, even though its not what I would normally watch. I would definately recommend this, I was on the edge of my seat all the way through and at the end I had a tear in my eye. Excellent!


its quite good though i thought it wouldn't be!! really funny - robert de niro was the best!


its quite good though i thought it wouldn't be!! really funny - robert de niro was the best!


it should be great it has daniel craig in he went to me high school


it should be great it has daniel craig in he went to me high school


Excellent!!! Thought i would hate it- But i Loved it!!! Robert De Niro is Well Funny!!! I'd Reccomend~~:)


Excellent!!! Thought i would hate it- But i Loved it!!! Robert De Niro is Well Funny!!! I'd Reccomend~~:)


really goodfilm i thought it was going to be a nerdy not funny boring film ok so it wasnt so funny but really good film i recommend it to anyone


This is the best film i've seen this year. I love everything about it and i'm planning on going back to watch it again this week and taking my little brother. I am 27 and me and my partner who is a little older than me ;o) loved it!! Go and watch this film it's a must. And Charlie Cox looks gorgeous!! :o)


This is the best film i've seen this year. I love everything about it and i'm planning on going back to watch it again this week and taking my little brother. I am 27 and me and my partner who is a little older than me ;o) loved it!! Go and watch this film it's a must. And Charlie Cox looks gorgeous!! :o)

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