David James
Kerrie Mitchell
December 14, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Stardust

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
125 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/10/07
performer
Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller
director
Matthew Vaughn
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) describes his initial concept for this lighthearted fantasy — about a man (Charlie Cox) who falls in love with a shooting star (Claire Danes) — as ”Princess Bride meets Midnight Run.” Stardust isn’t as original as either, and at two hours plus, it drags, especially when Robert De Niro arrives as an unaccountably fey pirate. But it has its charms, like Michelle Pfeiffer’s spirited turn as an evil witch. EXTRAS In a making-of, Stardust author Neil Gaiman says he felt guilty the production had to build the flying pirate ship he’d only imagined for the novel. B

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