Stardust: Move over Hans Christian Andersen

If you love fairy tales, but  you’re tired of watching re-tellings of the same ones you’ve read over and over again as a kid, you might want to check out Stardust. It’s based on a book by Neil Gaiman, also known as the 21st century’s answer to Hans Christian Andersen

Magical creatures, a larger than life romance, and a great villain – these are the ingredients of a great fairy tale. And nobody in our day and age writes them better than Neil Gaiman. Although Stardust wasn’t the first of his stories to be adapted for the screen, it certainly is the best adaptation of his works so far.

What’s it about? Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, Stardust is a modern day fairytale about a young man’s (Charlie Cox) quest for love. His whole life changes when he meets a fallen star (Danes) that just might be the answer to his prayers.

What’s it really about? Love.

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for a romance to watch on your own or with your girlfriends. It’s a tad corny for a date, but it is really, really romantic
  • You like modern fairytales such as Big Fish, Penelope or Pushing Daisies: while the former are all set entirely within our world, Stardust takes place both in pre-industrial England and the magical kingdom of Stormhold
  • That being said, this film is a true fantasy flick: among other fantastic elements, it features witches, charms, ghosts, and a flying pirate ship
  • You’re a fan of ensemble casts: Stardust stars seasoned actors such as Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter o’Toole and Claire Danes opposite relatively unknown actors (at the time) Charlie Cox and Ben Barnes
  • You appreciate gorgeous scenery and cinematography: Stardust is beautifully shot and full of rich colours
  • You love Neil Gaiman’s other works: while Coraline and Neverwhere have already been adapted for the screen, American Gods is currently being turned into a series that’s set to premiere in 2017
Film Title: Stardust
It’s a long and perilous journey to love for Tristan (Charlie Cox) and Yvaine (Claire Danes)

Most memorable scene: Yvaine confesses her love for Tristan

Most memorable quote: “Everlasting life? I imagine it would be kind of lonely. Well, maybe if you had someone to share it with. Someone you loved. Then it might be different.” – Tristan Thorne

Where can I watch? Stardust is available on Amazon, Maxdome, iTunes as well as Netflix Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, USA, Luxembourg.

Stardust (2007): Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman); running-time 2h 7mins.; starring Claire Danes (Homeland), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Robert de Niro (The Silver Linings Playbook), Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Minds), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia), Peter o’ Toole (Lawrence of Arabia), Mark Strong (Kingsman), Rupert Everett (My best friend’s wedding), Sienna Miller (Alfie), Henry Cavill (Man of Steel).

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