I love watching decent, well-written fantasy films. As a fan of Neil Gaiman‘s work, I was very excited to see the book “Stardust” translated to silver screen. And I have just returned from watching the film Stardust at my local cinema.
The film is rated, accurately in my opinion, as PG. There is mild peril, no bad language and lots of romance. This is a really magical film; a real fairy tale with good guys, bad guys, a damsel in distress and some wicked witches. Oh, and a destiny unrealised.
There is some excellent acting: Michelle Pfeiffer plays a wizened wicked witch, Robert De Niro plays a sky captain who is on a ship harvesting lightning (and puts in a wonderful performance). I hadn’t realised what an expressive face Claire Danes, the female lead, has. The romance is realistic and never tacky – take your other half, take your kids, there really is something for everyone in this film.
There are loads of British actors and comedy actors in this film, it can get a little distracting at times as you try to wrack your brains to work out who is which character, but in the end this enchanting film stands on it’s own.