Stardust - Worthy Successor to The Princess Bride

Duration: 130min
Category: fantasy
Available: On DVD
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There is a part of me, that was inspired in my childhood seeing the likes of The Dark Crystal, The Princess Bride, Superman and Star Wars, that wants movies to be magical. All the hocus pocus of the Harry Potter movies misses the point; itís not just magic because you say it is. Watching the Transformers inexplicably change from car into robot misses the point too; itís not about special effects itís about believing in something you know to be impossible.

Thatís why this little part of me jumped with glee while watching Stardust. This is old fashioned fairytale storytelling. One pinch of magic, one dash of tongue in cheek, and a whole lot of adventure, romance and myth making. Neil Gaiman, a master raconteur, has created a wonderful world and relatively new director Matthew Vaughn has crafted a wonderfully fun film to inhabit it.

Stardust is beautifully shot. Itís the trend now to create these mythical places but it isnít until they come up with something incredible to put in them that these environments take on a life of their own. Stardust does that. It does so in a way that is funny and engrossing. Stories like this carry you along as you canít wait to see whatís going to happen next.

Stardust has an outstanding cast who are obviously having a wonderful time in their roles. Both Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro have seemed tired in their work and here they get to explode onto the screen with joy. What a treat.

I love these stories about the power of being yourself. The message is clear here, donít try to be what you are not and donít look up to those who are just being normal. Itís being special that is the real way to live. This is the kind of message we want to be sending to our children, especially when itís wrapped up in such a fun package.

Stardust is a worthy successor to the fantasy films of my childhood. Except for losing some points for one cheap joke at the end which was unnecessary, I highly recommend seeing Stardust again and again.

Review By: Collin Smith

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