gaiman's "adult" novels never sat with me well due to its desire to seem cool and edgy when they never really were. surprisingly, he always seemed to hit all the proper notes when venturing into more childlike, fairy tale territory. keeping up with it, stardust is a sweet blend of silliness and darkness while taking you by your hand down fantastical areas and adventures without ever being overbearing.
I have a special, special affection towards this movie. I love the characters (all of them) and how the story is like a Greek epic - a quest, 3 witches, seers and whatevers - a classic story. I just watched it again recently and the special effects doesn't really seem so special now but I will always find this as stunning as the first time I've watched it. So funny, Danes' exaggerated facial expressions...a favorite.
It's not a very good film, but it is different and more creative than many Hollywood films. By far, the writing is the best part. Gaiman's story is great basis. The performances are rather fun. However, the whole film is too long, and some of the special effects are not that good. But it's very original, and that shows throughout the film.