|A short movie review.
||[Sep. 2nd, 2007|02:17 am]
Stardust is quite possibly the best movie I've ever seen, and definitely in the top five or so. As a fairy tale, it's pretty much perfect. It's tense and exciting and wondrous and left Sora and I with the feeling we'd witnessed something absolutely extraordinary.|
I've never seen anything like it, and I recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in fantasy, fairy tales, or even just straight-up love stories.
I just finished the book, which was amazing, this past Friday and plan to see the movie very soon. If the movie is anything like the book (which I'm sure it is) I will have the DVD before long as well.
At the end of the novel, Neil Gaiman said he is/was planning a prologue novel Wall. Not sure if that ever came out (he wasn't sure it ever will) though he did publish a bit of the beginning; hopefully the whole thing will be written. However, he goes on to say that he will publish how Tristan "went to Hell in a hot air balloon."
I've been recommending it to everyone I see as well. It's just so amazing.
Awesome! I'd been waiting to hear how people liked it- I'm not sure anyone on my flist had seen it, but the previews intrigued me :D And knowing that you two enjoyed it, I'm sure we would! Maybe I'll actually get to talk Carl into going to a theater movie for once!
I really really enjoyed Stardust. To give it the praise you're giving it, though, I'd have to see it a number of times over a number of years. As it was, as much as I enjoyed it, what it really made me want to do was go home and watch The Princess Bride. I have a feeling that as good as Stardust was, whenever I want a fairy tale movie, The Man in Black wins.
I discussed that comparison with Sora... The thing about The Princess Bride is that it's a very self-aware movie. Even leaving out the parts where it's actually framed as a book being read, there's a frequent wink-and-nudge attitude to the viewer - the characters may not literally know they're in a story, but they might as well.
Stardust, on the other hand, utterly drew me in. The movie's narrative is completely committed to the narrative, and the movie did a very efffective job in suspension of disbelief, which the Princess Bride can't really manage well because of its self-aware nature. I understand where the comparisons between the two come from, obviously, but they function very differently in the way they present the story to the audience.
Now, which one I'll consider a favorite five years from now is a somewhat different question, and I think more what you're addressing here. And... well, we'll have to see. :D
Princess Bride was my "comfort" movie for a very long time, kind of like your favourite pair of pyjamas or similar.
I still love it. But... I think in the long run, after the X-number of years required, I will love Stardust just that tiniest bit more. As Chris mentions, the tongue-in-cheek nature of Princess Bride, while it brings some fantastic humourous moments, also detracts a bit from my suspension of disbelief. Stardust did a beautiful job of employing every emotional hook in the book for me, and my disbelief was out the window before we were ten minutes into the story.
Hi there. I'll be watching. No pressure to return the favor since I hardly post much anymore (except poem/prose here and there). Actually, I comment more nowadays than I post. Seeya!
Hiya. All I know about you is that I approve of your taste in friends, but that'll do for now. :D