Past Entertainment Articles.
Article for the week of 9/8/07
Stardust a Fresh Breath of Fantasy Storytelling
By, Ezra Paul Mann (Editor and Nerd Ambassador)
In yet another year where Hollywood has released more than its fair share
of crappy movies, there seems to be at least one or two gems worth adding
to personal collections. Of course, if you looked at the overall box office
revenue you might be fooled into thinking that 2007 could be one of the
best years ever. We’ll just brush under the rug that whole movies cost
more to see than they have in previous years and the lie will be complete.
In any case, I know of one movie through and through that I feel deserved
every penny of the ticket price. Open up your hearts and minds for Stardust.
This particular dive into the fantasy genre centers on two worlds separated
by a wall where no one is supposed to cross from either side. One crossing
later and we have the perfect setting for an adventure right on par with
the likes of Lord of the Rings. Featured without a doubt is a digestible
amount of true love, magic, mayhem, lovable characters and overcoming
that “unknown adversity.” There is that happily ever after feeling, but
it feels fresh unlike the been there done that of so many recycled attempts.
Dare I say it, but there might just be hope for the pickiest of moviegoers.
(Strong emphasis on that might)
When the story first begins we follow Tristan’s (Charlie Cox) somewhat
misguided pursuit of a wealthy young lass by the name of Victoria (Sienna
Miller). In a desperation move to prove his love he promises to cross
the wall to bring back a fallen star. What follows is a glorious journey
into a land filled with danger, deception and just a bit of hilarity.
Other characters worth remembering include the fruity pirate Captain Shakespeare
(Robert De Niro), Fallen Star Yvaine (Claire Danes), evil witch Lamia
(Michelle Pfeiffer), a trusty wall guard (David Kelly) and a crafty narrator
(Ian McKellen). The rest is for you to fully enjoy.
This movie had everything it needed to make me an instant fan and I highly
recommend it to anyone who at least once in their lives enjoyed a fairy
tale. This fresh breath of movie making moved along at a good pace and
promises to keep audiences glued long after the last kiss. Bravo to the
director, cast and especially the writers for a true masterpiece. Goodness
knows we need a distraction or two from how unfortunate real life can
be. In the end I gladly give Stardust a spellbinding five out of five