Wednesday 27th October 2021

Stardust (PG)
Directed by: Matthew Vaughan
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

For my money, Neil Gaiman is one of the best fantasy writers around today. He is as comfortable dreaming up a whole new fairytale realm as he is adapting our own world into something fantastic. Best of all, his tales always have a dark or adult edge to them.

Danes on a Unicorn. 'Nuff said.
Danes on a Unicorn. 'Nuff said.

When it comes to film adaptations, Gaiman has been very guarded with his intellectual property and only gave up the rights to his 1998 novel Stardust to his trusted friend, Matthew Vaughan. It seems that, with the success of Frank Miller adaptations like Sin City and 300, Hollywood suits are finally learning to let authors of cool stuff have their own creative way instead of mangling their work with their own ideas.

Stardust follows a young and hopelessly romantic young man called Tristan who lives in the village of Wall. Wall is named after the long stone wall near the village that separates England from Stormhold, a magical land. At this particular point in the wall, there is a hole. It is guarded day and night by an old man, but that does not stop Tristan from venturing through the hole to retrieve a fallen star, in order to prove his love for a girl in the village.

At the same time, the King of Stormhold, who is soon to die, sets a competition to decide which of his seven sons shall inherit his throne and there are also three old witches abroad who are desperate to be young again by eating a piece of the fallen star. Tristan is about to encounter a world full of magic and mystery, good and evil, plotting and betrayal and, of course, love and romance.

We should all be very thankful that Gaiman and Vaughan got together on this one, because I think this could be the best fantasy film since The Lord of the Rings films. The world imagined by the pair is breathtaking and spell-binding, the characters are all immensely entertaining and the story is absolutely charming to boot. The cast sparkles like a fallen star too, as it features Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais and virtually the whole British cast of every current Channel 4 sit-com.

In short, I can't say enough good things about this family film. If you have kids, you should definitely take them to see this, and if you don't, you should just treat yourself!

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Length: 130 minutes
Certificate: PG
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Release Date: 19th October 2007

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