Hidden in the English countryside, lies the village of Wall, so named for the stone wall that separates it from the magical kingdom of Stormhold. The dying king of Stormhold throws a ruby necklace into the sky and tells his sons that whoever brings back the necklace will be the new king. The necklace hits a star and knocks it out of the sky. The fallen star crashes to Earth in the form of a beautiful young woman, Yvaine.
Tristan, a young man from Wall, sees the star fall and promises the girl he’s courting that he’ll bring back a piece of the star for her in exchange for her hand in marriage. The king’s sons, those who haven’t yet killed each other, also hunt for Yvaine when they learn she has the necklace. Three powerful witches seek Yvaine, as well. They want Yvaine’s heart, because eating the heart of a fallen star brings eternal youth. Yvaine wants nothing more than to go back where she came from, but she’s caught between these opposing forces and flees for her life.
I like Yvaine’s feisty personality and the way she literally glows when she’s happy, like when she’s dancing with Tristan. She and Tristan fall in love, though their path to happiness is anything but smooth.
This quirky, dark-humored, kind-of-oddball movie is based on the novel, Stardust, by Neil Gaiman, who also co-wrote the screenplay. I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on my TBR list. The movie stars Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro, among others, with Sir Ian McKellen as the Narrator.
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