This is one shooting star you want to catchBy Anna Roberts
March 06, 2008
Paramount Home Entertainment, £19.99
Starring - Michelle Pfeiffer, Clare Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro & Sienna Miller
STARDUST – starring unknown actor Charlie Cox – was last summer’s surprise hit.
A mixture of fantasy and humour, it tells the story of Yvaine (Claire Danes), a star catapulted to earth following a king’s decision to throw a ruby into the sky.
After she falls, she is found by young English man Tristan Thorn (Cox). He wants to take her out of her magical universe and to England where he plans to present her to his would-be bride, the selfish and vacuous Victoria (Sienna Miller).
But he is not the only one after Yvaine. Both evil witch Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) and heir to the throne Septimus (Mark Strong) want her.
Yvaine’s star heart is priceless. If a witch eats it she will gain eternal youth and beauty, while Septimus would benefit from immortality.
So cruel Lamia and egotistical Septimus chase after Yvaine – who does not realise she is such a prize.
At one point Yvaine leaves Tristan, who has promised to return her to the sky after showing her to Victoria, and heads off alone.
She is lured into a hotel and promised food and shelter – but it’s actually a trap spun by Lamia.
Tristan is told about this by a magical voice, and rushes off to save her. They escape, but end up on a ship in the sky.
This is the domain of Captain Shakespeare (Robert DeNiro). On the surface he has an evil reputation, something which precedes him.
However, and this is genius, he is actually incredibly camp, loves art and is a real sweetie. He vows to protect Yvaine – who he knows is a star – and Tristan.
Gradually the two youngsters fall in love and Yvaine begins to glow more brightly, making her heart even more valuable.
She inadvertently declares her love for Tristan, who returns the sentiments. He goes to tell Victoria she is nothing – but Yvaine misunderstands this and thinks he has ditched her.
The film culminates in a battle of love.
Stardust, boasting a soundtrack by Take That, is absolutely brilliant and a real treat. It features a stellar cast including Danes, DeNiro, Miller and Pfeiffer.
However, there are also of plenty of well-known actors among the supporting cast.
Whitley’s very own Ricky Gervais puts in a star turn, which has echoes of The Office’s David Brent. Peter O’Toole and Rupert Everett also feature – and are fantastic.
Ian McKellen ups the star count, narrating the film.
Interestingly Stardust is co-directed by Jane Goldman, who is Jonathan Ross’ wife. And it seems her better-known husband is not the only Ross with talent. She has oodles of it, making Stardust a delight – fantastical, beautifully shot, exciting and witty.