Movie Review: Stardust
One of the great shames of this summer's movie season is that, despite glowing reviews, Stardust failed to find an audience when it opened this past weekend. With the exhibition marketplace being what it is right now, this sprawling, wonderful fairy tale will almost certainly disappear quickly from theaters. Movies just aren't allowed to linger anymore waiting to be discovered. Studios figure they're only throwing good advertising money after bad. I hope Stardust will get a better reception when it comes to DVD in a few months. I think it will.
As a culture, we have very specific ideas about our fairy tales. We certainly require a perilous battle between good and evil at some point and that battle should probably be waged with magic or swords. As such, witches and princes are fairly common and usually central to the story. Pirates, ghosts and unicorns aren't always expected, but are never much of a surprise either. Most importantly, the fate of true love must ever be at stake. Stardust delivers all of that, but twists each element in such a way that they all feel new.