But it was not Lord of Rings. This is another film that I did not find particularly appealing from the advertising. Well, in short, it's a Gaiman fairy tale about a boy and a fallen star. And as much as he is played for laughs, De Niro manages to bring some actual emotion to the role. It manages to be Familiar and comfortable and yet completely new and refreshing at the same time. I get bored of remade repetitive story lines and films with more flash than filling faster than you can count to 10, and this film is the diamond in the rough. Excellent movie for everyone!
I was not expecting much from this movie.
Scene Stealers: Robert De Niro in Stardust
Many comments have compared this to The Princess Bride and while I can see some resemblances, the main difference was that with PB, you always knew it was just an imaginary tale as told by an old man to his grandson. Any one of those things would have made this a good movie, all of them combined make it a great movie but they pale in comparison to the rich enchanting world that those elements combine to bring to life well. Well, in short, it's a Gaiman fairy tale about a boy and a fallen star. Maybe you will too. I thought all the good fairy tales had already been told. Ricky Gervais is perfectly cast and shows why. Great for some escapism.
His pirate captain with the gruff outer shell hiding a cream puff center is priceless. And as much as he is played for laughs, De Niro manages to bring some actual emotion to the role. In spite of what first impressions may give, it isn't cheesy, corny, tacky, or ridiculous, and is actually highly entertaining and funny. However when my sister brought it home on video and played it over and over again I was gradually sucked into it, drawn by it's satirical humour and great characters. Rumour has it, Gaiman might be something of a writer.