Neil Gaiman is one heck of a writer. Nobody should doubt that. And if you have never seen the movie Stardust, which is based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, then you need to watch it.
I have seen it countless times, despite not being a romantic, and I will recommend it to anyone.
So let’s start from the background history:
Once upon a time, a young man named Dunstan met and fell in love with an enslaved princess, Una. Una was the missing daughter of the last king of Stormhold. However, Dunstan could not stay and went back home to his village.
Nearly a year later, a baby was delivered to his door, and he was told that the baby’s name was Tristan.
Eighteen years forward, the king of Stormhold was dying in his death bed. He summoned his sons and threw his ruby into the sky, telling them that who could find it would be the next king. But the ruby hit a star, and the star fell down from the sky.
Stardust is shortly about a boy, Tristan (Daredevil’s Charlie Cox), who is madly infatuated with the most beautiful girl named Victoria and wants her to see him as more than just another boy. Sadly, Victoria is shallow, and will not give her heart to Tristan for he is not special. But little does he know that trying to win Victoria is what he needs to find what he truly deserves.
One night, Tristan vows to do anything for Victoria, for her hand in marriage, and a fallen star passes by. Victoria agrees that if Tristan can find the star and bring it to her, she will marry him.
Thus, Tristan is set on a journey to find the fallen star.
Turns out, the star is a woman named Yvaine (Claire Danes), and she has fallen because a gem hit her. The ruby of the last king of Stormhold.
At the same time, three witches are losing time and need to find the one ingredient they need to gain immortality: the heart of a star.
Tristan wants to take Yvaine to Victoria, the witches want Yvaine’s heart, and the princes of Stormhold want the ruby that Yvaine now possesses.
And of course, if only Tristan knows that he’s the grandson of the late king of Stormhold, he can join the race with his uncles to get the ruby.
Those of you who have seen this movie, good for you. Those who haven’t, go see it.
Stardust is a classic, or has become that to me. I will gladly watch this movie anytime any day. It’s funny, it’s romantic, and it’s fantasy.
I also appreciate Captain Shakespeare (Robert de Niro). He’s easily the best, most awesome character in this story. I love that captain.
The movie is full of magic, but it is borderline cheesy and awesome. It doesn’t cross the “Ew, that’s too much” line, because it’s realistic in a way that, in each character’s actions, you’d understand the motives and intentions. You understand why one does certain things or react certain ways.
And that is some great storytelling.
It is difficult to write a story or direct a film that takes place in a fantasy world without making it cheesy. So this movie has earned a lot of respect from me.
Now, Stardust is an 8/10 for me, and a “watch whenever it’s raining or you feel moody” movie for sure. It makes me happy. It makes me smile.
And I know I’m not the only one.