Don’t kill me but I must admit: I’m not a Neil Gaiman fan. It’s not that I don’t like him, it’s just that I haven’t found time to read his work (that, and the coloring on the first Sandman trade paperbacks scare me away). Anyway, most geeks swear by him. If Joss Whedon is their god, Gaiman is their Jesus. And I’m not saying that Gaiman’s remains were just found in a cave by the guy who made Titanic. Okay, my analogy really isn’t working. Either way, my only encounter with Gaiman’s work was through the Mirrormask film, which I’ve been told isn’t a great representation of what he’s capable of.
So I’ve been anticipating Layercake director Mathew Vaughn’s big screen adaption of Stardust for some time now. I thought, maybe this will suck me into the world of Gaiman (hey, I’m kinda feeling left out at this point). A new movie trailer has appeared on KinoExpress, and it’s scares me. The special effects don’t seem to be finished, and the ending montage is set to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme (which feels just a little odd). But aside from the tech stuff, the most of it comes off as laughable. Am I missing something?
The plot synopsis sounds much better than the footage: Stardust is about a young man named Tristan (Charlie Cox) tries to win the heart of Victoria (Sienna Miller), the beautiful but cold object of his desire, by going on a quest to retrieve a fallen star. His journey takes him to a mysterious and forbidden land beyond the walls of his village. On his odyssey, Tristan finds the star, which has transformed into a striking girl named Yvaine (Claire Danes). However, Tristan is not the only one seeking the star. A king’s (Peter O’Toole) four living sons – not to mention the ghosts of their three dead brothers – all need the star as they vie for the throne. Tristan must also overcome the evil witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer), who needs the star to make her young again. As Tristan battles to survive these threats, encountering a pirate named Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) and a shady trader named Ferdy the Fence (Ricky Gervais) along the way, his quest changes. He must now win the heart of the star for himself as he discovers the meaning of true love.
Stardust hits theaters on August 10th 2007.