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Movie review: "Stardust"

Captivating, but lacking purity

Captivating, but lacking purity

August 14, 2007|by ERICA COLLIFLOWER/Pulse Correspondent

Once upon a time, in a world in which stars are people, a star fell from the sky into the magical land of Stormhold. Many people saw the star fall that night. And many people set out that night to find the star - Yvaine (played by Claire Danes) - and use her for their own purposes.

"Stardust" follows the tales of Tristan (Charlie Cox) who seeks the star for his beloved; an evil witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wishes to eat Yvaine's heart; and two brothers (Jason Flemyng and Rupert Everett) who seek the regal necklace she wears.

Despite some drawbacks, this movie has great potential to be a classic.

The story moves along quickly, catching and holding moviegoers' attention. The scenery is beautiful, while special effects are, for the most part, believable. There are some hilarious moments, and you might find yourself rooting for the characters throughout the movie.

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It all blends together well - humor, beauty and simplicity - until you get jarred by the not so good stuff.

I was disappointed by the way the screenwriters skipped over the issue of commitment and real love (versus lust) in a one-night stand in which Tristan is conceived. And, as a fan of classic fairy tales (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and the rest), I couldn't help but be disappointed that Tristan's relationship lacked a certain quality of innocence and pure-heartedness.

This, combined with some instances of crude, ribald humor tarnish what could have been a sparkling, lovely fairy tale.

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