A story about this — 5 years ago
After reading the book earlier this year, I had this on my ‘things to see’ list. And then didn’t. And then week after week it kept reappearing on the cinema listings – so I finally got round to it!
And I’m glad I did. The first l’il bit had me wondering if I really should have bothered, with the story being so familiar. Then I got caught up, and it was really rather lovely! A bit saccharine, but there you go.
Have to agree with the over-long comments, but really it was just faithful to the book (apart from the pre-ending – I’m sure that was a bit different?) and I’m not sure what I’d cut out. The whole pirate ship bit really bored me, until it made me laugh and I was kind of glad it was there. Hmm.
Fav bits: the seven brothers (and/or their ghosts!) trying to oust each other; and playing the “Where’s he familiar from?!” game – oodles of names from the UK screen! Least fav: Ricky Gervais. Can’t stand the man, and it was pointless having him here, really.
Stardust, I think, lacks the lovability of The Princess Bride (despite bigger budget/better production values), but it’s a similar vein: fairy tale flick. Nicely enough done, and pretty family friendly. Recommended for a snuggly winter’s Sunday evening.