Saturday, January 05, 2008

Stardust - On Second Watching

How many miles to Babylon?
Three score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
There, and back again.

Stardust is a charming story of fantasy, adventure, and finding one's Heart's Desire. Neil Gaiman has a tendency to produce some trippy films. Neverwhere was trippy and put me to sleep. Mirrormask was trippy, put me to sleep, and when I woke up made me ask "WTF?"

Stardust was no different in the fantastical weirdness, or in the fact that I was out cold in the first 10 minutes, only to awaken halfway through the movie. Gaiman is getting better, however, at making movies that are enjoyable to watch.

Not in any way a direct representation of the book, Stardust is fully watchable by anyone not having read the book (Mike seemed to enjoy it). Many events are left out that are integral to the book, but the film is seamlessly coordinated, resulting in a brand new adventure that immerses star-cross'd movie goers in a world of fantasy and love and a battle for a star.

A nice movie to digest on a Saturday afternoon on your own, or as a date movie that satisfies all tastes (as long as your date doesn't fall asleep).

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