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December 23, 2007

Stardust - 6

Based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, Stardust tells a fun fairy-tale adventure story. There are two worlds, the normal England and a town called Wall, on one side of the "wall" and a fantastical magical world called Stormhold on the other side. The first scenes set up the mythology so that when we are introduced to Tristan, we know more about him than he does. He originally travels to Stormhold to retrieve a fallen star as a romantic ploy to win the heart of Victoria. But along the way he discovers that he is actually aiming to low. That he really can reach and grasp beyond his small world- for the star (which turns out to be a woman (Clare Danes). Tristan is taken in by a rogue pirate (Robert De Niro), and gets involved in a battle with a witch named Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her two sisters who want the star to gain eternal life and youth. The story is very much in the traditional fairy-tale arc, but is fun and entertaining to watch.

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