I went to see Stardust tonight, having not heard much about it at all, and found an absolute gem.
From the first word of the opening narration in the rich, resounding tones of Sir Ian, I knew I was in for a treat, and the film just kept getting better throughout the full 2 and a bit hours.
Essentially a fairy tale, the plot exudes such originality and cleverness it maintained excitement, humour, sentiment and a sense of adventure. Although it would be unfair to describe it as a mixture of the plots of any other films, if you took a sprinkling of Big Fish, added a splash of The Princess Bride and a couple of good handfuls of good British comedy, you’d end up with something that gives you the idea.
The casting is superb. Clare Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer both pull of fantastic English accents and are surprisingly convincing as a star and a witch respectively, Robert DeNiro is his usual awesome self, relatively unknown Charlie Cox passes very reasonably as the romantic lead, and the rest of the cast is bolstered by much-more-substantial-than-one-scene bit parts from Rupert Everett, David Walliams, Adam Buxton (of comedy duo Adam and Joe), Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Green Wing), Dexter Fletcher (Press Gang, Lock Stock) and Ricky Gervais.
The sentiment of the film is perfectly pitched, not overdone, and the ending is spot on, with Sir Ian’s narration bookending the end of the film as well as the beginning. Take That’s new single leads into the credits.
I will definitely be buying the special edition of this when it comes out on DVD, but I would strongly urge you to go see it whilst it’s on the big screen. Awesome.
Matt Little Film Rating 8.5/10