An adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the similar name, Stardust brings a strong cast together for an enjoyable circle of relatives feast, with plenty to enjoy.
Stardust mixes in romance and adventure, all in a fantasy movie guise, as it follows Tristan on his quest to retrieve a fallen star for the beautiful Victoria. Only it soon becomes clear that there’s much more going on as Tristan makes his journey (not least a companion more diverting than the aforementioned Victoria). Michelle Pfeiffer, as an example, returns to high profile movie making (after rather a break) in the role of the evil witch, at the same time as there’s space too for Robert De Niro’s pirate and an bizarre cameo from Ricky Gervais.
Seemingly one among a wealth of circle of relatives films that made it out of the blocks off the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Stardust doesn’t rather hit those heights, but it has rather a sporting go. It’s an uneven tale, albeit one told with enough passion and enthusiasm to encourage you to cut it some slack. And when it gets to the end of the last reel, it’s hard to feel shortchanged by what you’ve just seen.
For at the same time as Stardust has problems, it also has laughs, adventure, action and a complete lot in its corner to recommend it. And it’s worth your time and attention. —Jon Foster