Stardust (Film)

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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Peter O'Toole
RunTime: 128 mins
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: PG

What does a village boy searching for love, 3 heirs to a throne, a 400-year old witch, and a cross dressing pirate have in common?

They are after shooting star in human form Yvaine (Claire Danes) who can give them a chance for love, power and external youth. All have their reasons for capturing the fallen one, and this original novel by Neil Gaiman promises a sequence - which is all heart warming, exciting, and delightfully funny.

The stories seem similar to the fairytales we are so familiar with – handsome princes after stars, witches after beauty, and the evil ones after power. The difference is they put everything together. In the chase sequences, the juxtaposition of the stories keeps the momentum running.

And of course the quirky characters, from the very queer Captain Shakespeare (Robert de Niro in some kind of a breakthrough), and the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer as Lamia the witch, so wickedly funny with her dropping breasts and self-depreciating humour. We think that she secretly enjoys thoroughly playing such bitchy roles after her 5-year MIA.

The weaker links are perhaps the lead roles of newcomer Charlie Cox in a very bland role, and a forgettable Claire Danes who doesn’t shine as much as the star would.

Otherwise, Stardust is like a ride to Disneyland – You know what to expect, but all the fun and buzz brings out the child in you.

Stardust - Fairytales can be so fun!

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