Stardust (2007) is a fantasy fable and the final film in our Swashbuckling Adventure series at the Norwich Public Library. Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel is held tightly together. It’s the story of a young man’s quest who lives in a countryside town. He makes a promise to retrieve a fallen star for his love. He ventures into a magic land, encountering witches, pirates, and other interesting things along the way.
While this tale might seem familiar, most of the film's success comes from its wild imagination. From the flying ships to the perilous swampy-looking bad areas, the film is loaded with fun. While some of the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) does show its age, it doesn’t take away from what is a compelling adventure full of action, suspense, and even some romance in some clever settings. This film has a huge modern sensibility with the editing and the camerawork, and with enough vigor and fantastically overblown elements to make it feel like an adventurous throwback.
This film carries quite a cast. From Charlie Cox (Daredevil) as the lead, Claire Danes as Yvaine, a fallen star that has taken the personification of a female, Robert DeNiro as the Captain of a leader of pirates, to Michelle Pfeiffer as one of the three witches. Peter O’Toole even has a brief role as a dying king and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) shows up briefly at the beginning as Humphrey, a townsperson also vying for the affection of Victoria played by Sienna Miller. All of these roles are held together with Ian McKellen’s typical fantastic narration.
If you like big fantasy adventure films,Stardust fits the bill. I enjoyed seeing it back in the theaters in 2007, and now I’m more than glad to show it at the Norwich Public Library’s Community Room, Saturday, December 15 at 1 PM.