Release date: Aug. 10, 2007
Based on: Stardust (1999 novel by Neil Gaiman)
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole
Budget: $70 million
Box office: $135.6 million
A man enters a magical world in order to collect a fallen star.
Stardust is what happens when great elements work together to create a fantastic film. Audiences are thrown into a classic romantic fantasy adventure complemented by interesting political intrigue, malevolent witches, fierce pirates and a race against the clock. It’s all presented within three different plots that intersect with each other in fascinating ways, never sacrificing story for an easy fix. Further, while the film has quite a few characters, they all fit in their own way and none of them feel either out of place or poorly inserted. The film does well in making its viewers care about every one of them.
There is some good development between the film’s two main characters as well. Tristan starts out the story motivated by infatuation, causing his interactions with Yvaine to manifest as someone transporting a possession. At the same time, she views him as someone taking control of her, causing her to treat him him with disdain and make snide remarks. However, the two of them spend the entire story traveling together, helping to nurture their dual character development and allowing them to grow to like each other. The growth of their characters is just as satisfying as seeing where the film continues to take them.
Laima is also an entertaining villain as a witch seeking to use Yvaine for her own selfish gain while attempting to beat the clock herself. It’s fascinating to see the lengths she is willing to go to capture Yvaine, from using her powers to keep others from getting to her to elaborate traps mean for ensnaring her prey. Additionally, Pfeiffer gives a notable performance, clearly having fun with the role and taking every opportunity to play up every facet of the character. Hers is not the only good performance in the film either. Rather, nearly everyone gives believable performances, even those who have very few moments on screen.
This is definitely an enjoyable film, one in which almost anyone can find something enticing.
Empire Awards, UK
GLAAD Media Awards
Outstanding Film - Wide Release
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form
Internet Film Critic Society Awards
Most Underrated Film
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Overlooked Film of the Year
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards
Best Fantasy Film
Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer)
Golden Schmoes Awards
Biggest Surprise of the Year
International Film Music Critics Awards
Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction Film
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards
Russian National Movie Awards - Georges Awards
Best Blockbuster Movie
St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards
Best Visual/Special Effects