Fantasy Flashback: Stardust (2007)
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       When people usually think of the fantasy genre, they usually expect something along the lines
of the infamous Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movies. However, there are quite a few movies
that spark the same child-like wonder and imagination as these coveted classics.

      Stardust, created in 2007 and as a adaption of Neil Gaiman’s novel, definitely achieves those
same goals. The film successfully combines a bit of romance, adventure and magic suitable for
fantasy lovers of any age. Although the movie begins with a focus on Tristan Thorn’s journey to
find his mother and, later, a fallen star named Yvaine, two other plot lines are added in alongside
the main conflict. We follow a trio of witches on a quest to take Yvaine and regain their youth, as
well as seven princes who are also competing to find Yvaine and become king. Eventually, and not
without a few twists thrown in for good measure, the three plots weave together to form a pretty
surprising ending.

      Choice of scenery is just as important as plot for fantasy films and Stardust’s combination of
the Scottish highlands, English forests, and Icelandic works wonderfully. There is an obvious
appreciation for the landscapes, particularly shown in the scene where Lamia, a witch played by
Michelle Pfeiffer, begins her search for Yvaine. The camera pans out and shows her walking along
the Scottish Quairing, a type of cliff or “landslip”.

      If the three different plots or beautiful scenery just don’t do it for you, hopefully the star
studded (no pun intended) cast will. Robert DeNiro as the flamboyantly eccentric Captain
Shakespeare, Nathaniel Parker as Tristan’s father Dunstan Thorn, Claire Danes as the lovably
sarcastic Yvaine, Ricky Gervais as the shady Ferdy the Fence and aforementioned Michelle
Pfeiffer as the evil witch Lamia skillfully bring their characters to life. These characters add in some
much needed comic relief which causes the film to be much better overall.

      While I would have loved to have seen a more complex use of magic throughout the movie as
well as more growth regarding Tristan’s character, this film is sure to entertain. I’d even go as far
as giving it four stars (pun totally intended).
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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert Deniro, Michelle Pfeiffer
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