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Go see Stardust!!

In case you've been living in a cave, there is a new sorta comic book movie out.  Okay, not really but it was written by Neil Gaiman (and illustrated by Charles Vess). It also has a huge cast.  Word has been good about this.   Here's what Variety has to say about it:

Everything but the enchanted kitchen sink shows up in the sprawling fairy tale "Stardust," including evil witches, airborne pirate ships, double-parked unicorns and Robert De Niro as a cross-dressing sea captain. Sprinkled with tongue-in-cheek humor, fairly adult jokes and some well-known faces acting very silly, this adventure story should have particular appeal to fans of "The Princess Bride," but in any event will never be mistaken for a strictly-for-kids movie.


One of the opening scenes (there are several) involves the dubious conception of our hero, Tristan Thorne (Charlie Cox) -- the collaborative effort of a witch's slave (Kate Magowan) and Tristan's wall-jumping father (Ben Barnes). They live in Wall, which separates England from the supernatural kingdom of Stormhold. There, a battle for succession to the throne of the ailing king (Peter O'Toole) rages among seven princes, only three of whom are left alive as the story begins.


Pic saves itself through a lot of incidental humor. Pfeiffer delivers elaborate, well-timed eye-rolls when things like eternal youth don't go her way. De Niro, whose Capt. Shakespeare is so swishy it's amazing he doesn't go overboard (although he does, in a sense), does a "Can-Can" fan dance that, in terms of incongruous collisions of actor and role, is equal to De Niro's performance of "I Feel Pretty" in "Analyze That." The act doesn't have much to do with the "Stardust" story, but it's as engrossing as a car crash.

Go to www.variety.com/review/VE1117934304.html to read the entire review.

 


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