Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Neil Gaiman Experience Continues.....


with my Netflix rental of Stardust!! I wanted to see this movie in the theater so much, but it came out when we were on vacation, and there was just never the right time when we got home. Since Friday nights are "Family Movie Night", this time I sucked the whole family into Gaiman mode!

There were slight differences from the book, but absolutely nothing that detracted from the enjoyment! The casting was just over-the-top phenomenal! Claire Danes was the PERFECT Yvaine. She is absolutely how I pictured her. Besides I have loved Claire Danes since the very first episode of My So Called Life. Charlie Cox was a wonderful Tristin. And Michelle Pfeiffer played the evil witch Lamia. She was beautiful and ugly; young and old. An excellent choice. Ricky Gervais had a very small, but funny role as well.

But the show stealing character had to be Robert De Niro as Captain Shakespeare!! He is one of my favorite actors anyway. But you just had to laugh at him dancing around in a corset and pink feathers!! Not your typical De Niro role, that's for sure.

My girls fell in love with the movie. They didn't know what it was about, but when I said it was a Fairy Tale, they were in! Even Chad loved it. It was enough fantasy for him (and not TOO much romance!) Even Mike liked it.

If you haven't seen Stardust, do rent it. If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman, you will love it. And if you are not, it may just make you a fan!!

16 comments:

Kailana said...

I really need to watch this! I considered buying it with my Christmas money, but I am trying to save money... It might be March or so before I get a chance to get it, but maybe good fortune will be with me before that. My friends and I rent movies, but it is the same group of friends that would not go to the theatre with me to see it, so I am not holding my breath.

Literary Feline said...

I can feel your excitement for the movie just from reading your post. :-) I enjoyed the movie too. And Robert De Niro definitely stole the show. He was perfect.

Ladytink_534 said...

I still haven't watched this but my mom really liked it.

DesLily said...

How funny.. I just watched it this morning myself!! I thought it was good too!... and I laughed outloud when Michelle Pfeiffer's boobs dropped! LOL LOL.. had to be the funniest scene ever! LOL

Crochetoholic Debb said...

Now you make me want to rent it. I just saw Chuck and Larry and also The Heartbreak Kid, both funny...but you are so excited with this movie now I want to see this one.

jenclair said...

You know, I'd looked forward to seeing the movie as well, and had let it slip completely from my mind. Thanks for a great review and a timely reminder!

Stephanie said...

Kelly - Do watch it!! I'm definitely going to be adding this to my collection. As I thought with the book, it's just such a beautiful tale!!

Wendy - De Niro DEFINITELY stole the show. He was fantastic!! I just wanted to hug him!!

LadyTink - It's a movie that is just plain fun!!

Deslily - How funny you watched it too!! Oh man, that part with Michelle Pfieffer had me in tears!! Just too funny!

Debb - I thought Chuck and Larry was really good!! I think Adam Sandler and Co are comic genuises though (who knows what that says about me!!)

Jenclair - Any time!! Do watch it. I'm not really good at reviewing movies, but I wanted to post on this one. Such a good one!

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Carl V. said...

So glad you finally got to see this, it really was a fun adaptation. I would certainly change some things in it if I had my druthers, and I hope they come out with another DVD version that has more extras on it, but other than that I think it is a wonderful film.

DesLily said...

Just want to wish you a happy and healthy New Year!! I hope it's great for you!

Debi said...

I think I'm probably going to end up buying this DVD. But I can't watch it yet. Because I haven't read it yet. Which I really need to do. More sooner than later.

Hope you and your family have a truly wonderful 2008!

John Mutford said...

In Canada more of us use Zip than Netflix, but you'll be happy to know I've Zipped it thanks to you. (See, Netflix doesn't have anything as catchy as that. I flicked it? Ew, don't think so.)

John Mutford said...

In Canada more of us use Zip than Netflix, but you'll be happy to know I've Zipped it thanks to you. (See, Netflix doesn't have anything as catchy as that. I flicked it? Ew, don't think so.)

Sonya said...

We watched this the other night and very much enjoyed it. My girls are 13 and 9 and they love movies like this! It did not disappoint!

Trish said...

I love this movie and to my surprise my husband loves it as well. I'm glad you liked it so well--one of these days I'll pick up some Gaiman...

Darla D said...

Oh, I really wanted to see this one in the theater, too, but it didn't work out. It is #1 in my Netflix queue - thanks for reminding me to put it there. I had no idea it was out already! Time does whip by, doesn't it!

I often watch movies first to see, but I'm wondering if you think my girls (7 & 9) would enjoy it, since your kids did. It is PG-13 for "fantasy violence" - how violent is that? Gorey, or just over-the-top fantasy stuff? I'm not as worried about the "risque humor," which seems to fly over their heads. Any thoughts? Thanks!