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2000s, Sourcery

Stardust

Released 2007 Rating UK PG
Source of story A novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman
Writer/s Script Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn (Also Director)
Starring Ian McKellen, Kate Magowan, Melanie Hill, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Henry Cavill, Nathaniel Parker, Peter O’Tool, Mark Strong, Jason Flemyng, Mark Heap, Struan Rodger, Rupert Everett, David Walliams, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Adam Buxton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Sarah Alexander, Dexter Fletcher, Robert De Niro, Ricky Gervais
Elevator Pitch A wall separates a magic kingdom from the world of humans, and when a human man crosses over and catches the eye of a princess the result is a contender for the throne. He (the contender now grown up) sees a star fall in the kingdom, and goes in search of it, finding to his surprise a young woman. They go on the run, chased by the princes who would be king, and the witches who would cut the heart out of the young woman, and their many adventures include a period on an aerial pirate ship.
Content It is a complex story, so difficult to describe the various elements, but a lot of twinkling stuff, from stars to shards of glass all probably for 3D. Some terrific scenary in Iceland and UK , sometimes treading the same ground as Game of Thrones, as people ride across the kingdon. Spells are cast accompanied by green light. There is a bit of implied sex – it is billed as an adult fairy tale.
A View After a slightly slow start it gets into its stride and becomes quite enjoyable, probably because the enormous cast of A list stars really seem to put their hearts into it. Apparently the book had to be seriously condensed, and maybe this shows a bit, but worth giving it a chance if you enjoy a bit of fantasy.

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