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About the Movie
A charmingly naïve boy from the English village of Wall travels to a magical, mythical world in search of the falling star that will help him win the heart of his true love in this fantasy adventure starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ricky Gervais, and Sienna Miller. For hundreds of years the massive cobblestone barrier that surrounds the sleepy English hamlet of Wall has kept the citizens of the village safe and secure from the malevolent supernatural forces that stir just outside its perimeter. When dashing Tristran Thorn (Cox) promises the fairest girl in the village, Victoria (Miller), that he will prove his love by bestowing her with a genuine falling star, his daring mission sends him on an adventure far outside the comfortable confines of Wall. In order to find the fallen star, Tristran will have to ascend the wall and venture deep into the forbidden heart of the fantastical realm known as Stormhold. Upon discovering that the meteorite he sought was in fact a beautiful girl named Yvaine (Danes), who has stumbled though space and is now being pursued by the King of Stormhold's (Peter O'Toole) sons (who long to use her cosmic powers to lay claim to the throne), Tristran vows to protect the otherworldly visitor at all costs. But the King's sons aren't the only ones in search of the luminous Yvaine; fearsome witch Lamia (Pfeiffer) has become convinced that the young girl's power can help her to achieve eternal youth and beauty. As Tristran makes his way through Stormhold on a mission to bring the star back to Wall, he will encounter a series of spectacular characters and creatures that will lead him to a fate he never imagined. Layer Cake director Matthew Vaughn serves as screenwriter and director for this tale of witches and pirates adapted from the novel by fantastic literature icon Neil Gaiman, who also produces.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 186
- Fresh: 141
- Rotten: 45
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Like the star that falls to Earth near the beginning of the movie, Stardust is glittery and pretty and possesses its own pleasing-enough personality, but it won't set the world on fire.
Fresh: Everybody has a lot of fun here.
Rotten: Brutally disappointing.
Fresh: There's a shameless romantic streak here, quite welcome in a boy-targeted genre that usually insists battles are cool and love is for wimps.
Princess Bride--no, seriously
Did you like the Princess Bride in theaters? Chances are that you didn't see it in the movie plex as it was a total flop at the box office. Chock that up to poor marketing and little buzz. However, word of mouth and VHS rentals carried the Princess Bride to cult classic legend. So to will be the case with Stardust. Poor marketing and flat sales hides a fantastic cast, imaginative story, funny lines, and a rare "Happily Ever After" in 2007 where the Academy only recognized downers. See this now! You won't regret it.
Wow. I'm speechless.
Whereas I am usually drawn to movies that look humorous, occassionally there is a fantasy or adventure movie I want to see. This was not one of those movies. Someone actually went out and rented this movie for me, so I decided to watch it. Though it is uncommon for me to find a movie I don't find cliche, it is even rarer that I want to watch a movie more than once within six month's time. After watching Stardust, I sat in stunned silence for a few moments before watching it again, and then again. The plotline of this movie is surprisingly fresh for one that seems so common elsewhere, while still maintaining an air of humor. There are even a few shocking bits that one would never dream of seeing in a movie of this sort! All around, Stardust is THE best movie. Ever.
Unusual Movie with Something For Everybody!
This is a fabulous movie! It has romance, suspense, action, humor, mystery, and adventure. I don't usually enjoy "fantasy" type stories, but this is an exceptional movie. The cast is great.... I honestly cannot say enough good things about this creative story that EVERYONE can enjoy!
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2007
- © 2007 by PARAMOUNT PICTURES. All Rights Reserved.