As I absolutely loved the book by Neil Gaiman I am probably the wrong person to give this one a review but even if the film take some liberties it copies the atmosphere and feeling that I got from the book. It is possible that sometimes I am just an old romantic sentimental fool, but I dare anyone with just a little love for a dash of fantasy and a good plot to not love it.
I've seen it 2k times, but it's always so therapeutic. It relieves stress and anxiety for a while. The black humour, the childish touches and the incredible plot are everything you need to feel ok in a world turning upside down. What the Star says to what she thinks is a mouse is the best love confession ever, I'll use the line for my wedding (if I ever have one)
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.