Posted by Casey on August 11, 2007
I went to see “Stardust.”
Now it’s easy to want to compare it to “The Princess Bride.”
They have a similar tone. “Stardust” isn’t as over-the-top or has the catch phrases of “Princess Bride” (“That’s inconceivable!”). It does have a performance almost as memorable as Mandy Patinkin’s (“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”)
Robert De Niro gives a very entertaining performance and provides most of the laughs in the film.
I think Kevin Crust in his Los Angeles Times review sums it up nicely:
“‘Stardust’ . . . follows in the spirit of ‘The Princess Bride,’ gently spoofing the rules of enchantment while simultaneously embracing them.”
Most important, “Stardust” is fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It also doesn’t do things just for laughs or goes overboard on the special effects. It never loses sight of the story.
The only annoying part is near the beginning where the editing looks more like errors than intentional cuts. It happens during the scene between Tristan and Victoria as they’re sipping champagne. There are a series of cuts that looks like the editor let their three-year-old too near the digital scissors.
The acting is uniformly good, the scenery is British Isles, the sets are great — love the lightning-catcher.
Thumbs up from me, for what it’s worth.