Welcome to a little corner of the site we like to call, Movie Spotlight! This is where we take the time to showcase some films from the past, present and maybe even from the future! Okay, that’s a lie, there aren’t any films from the future here. We do have candy and an assortment of cheese though – so sit back, relax and take a gander. You might discover a film you never knew about for your Netflix or Showmax watchlist!
The story. Ah yes. Okay – there’s actually a lot going on in this movie. There are several stories all going on at once and all those stories end up somehow overlapping. Most simply put the story is about a boy named Tristan, who is the son of Dunstan…a very naughty villager who went and crossed a magical barrier dividing two worlds and knocked up a captive slave girl. In turn, she sent the child to him in his world – that child was Tristan.
An uneventful 18 years then pass and Tristan becomes a man in his world while in the other world the King Of Stormhold dies – meaning there must now be a successor to his throne. Before his death, he knocks a star out of the sky with the instruction that the first of his sons to retrieve this star would be the next king of Stormhold.
The star falls and as it does it attracts the attention of a witch named Lamia and her sisters who wish to seek the star for their own purposes – namely immortality. Meanwhile, in our world, Tristan sees the same star and vows to bring it to his bitchy little girlfriend Victoria to secure her hand in marriage.
Along the way Tristan finds his star which turns out to be a person…a girl…who he falls in love with, of course. With their journey strongly en route they encounter many memorable and great characters along the way such as Captain Shakespeare, an eccentric pirate captain of an airship, Septimus, a prince of Stormhold, the witch Lamia and the film ends with quite a pleasing twist that will stay with you for years to come.
So, what makes this film so great?
The attention to detail, the originality, the funny undertones of clever comedy, the visual effects, the soundtrack. You can literally pick any one of these and use it as the single reason this film is so awesome.
If I’d have to pick something in particular though I’d choose the story itself.
The journey you follow Tristan on as he transitions from boy to man is a real adventure and there are more than a few moments you can genuinely relate to from a personal perspective. From his humble origins as a bullied village shop boy to The King Of Stormhold, you’re with him every step of the way and his emotions somehow touch you.
Watching him reach his potential through the characters he encounters along his journey is nothing short of spectacular. The sheer amount of likable characters though – in particular, Captain Shakespeare, Septimus, Primus, Lamia – is where this film shines even brighter. You either love them or love to hate them.
The story just works, it flows smoothly, it’s fun, daring, adventurous, brave, funny. This film is everything that made me fall in love with cinema in the first place.
Once in a while a film comes along that takes you by surprise, catches you entirely off guard and forces its way into your heart. Stardust was such a film for me and if you haven’t seen it do yourself a favor and make an effort to do so. Stardust turned out to be one of my favorite films ever right next to Back To The Future and Lord Of The Rings and that right there – is truly saying something.