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Since Stardust is one of my very favourite books I couldn't help but compare the differences. And frankly I don't understand why some of what was left out was left out. Like the perfectly poetic, in a week where two Mondays come together and the moon loses a daughter. I thought the time stricture of one week was unnecessary - especially with all the learning sword-fighting and all that. I really enjoyed all those scenes, but I kept thinking, all this is happening in a week? Why stress the week? And having "real world" people at the end mixing with Stormhold people didn't make sense. So, comparing the stories - just the stories... the book works better.

BUT - the things that stayed the same - brilliant! The things they added - to steal a phrase from Domitella - ACE! I am not a fan of DeNiro - however, even cheesy as he was, that whole addition was utterly fabulous. The ghost princes, the witch battles, that sword fight!! YES!

Clair Danes was sometimes just perfect and other times - the speech bit - she was lukewarm. Loved the sparkly effects.

Escaping Lamia at the end - visually impressive I suppose, but ... it lacked something for me.

I need to see it again and then perhaps I won't focus so much on how it's not like the book. It does state "based on the book" and that's totally true. But it seems to me that they could have based it a wee bit more on the book.

Met a woman who hadn't read the book, but saw an ad and thought it might be a good movie - she and her husband and son really enjoyed it. I told her about the book and she said she had no idea it was a book, but wanted to get it. So it was interesting to hear a review from someone who went to see the movie based solely on ads.

Overall, what they got right and the cool things they added outweigh what got changed and in my opinion doesn't fit and it was a fun movie. We took Devlin who really liked the sword fights!



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it's been a long time since i read the book...so the fact that the movie didn't completely adhere to what was written didn't compromise my enjoyment of the movie at all. it was an absolutely lovely and charming experience...and i left the theater with a big smile on my face. my mother saw it with me...and she's never read the book...but had the same positive reaction.
i thought Charlie Cox and Claire Danes were very believable as Tristan and Yvaine. Michelle Pfeiffer was wonderfully wicked and Robert DeNiro's performance elicited chuckles from everyone in the theater. The dead princes provided welcome comic relief. Like someone previously remarked, it's a fairly tale...and fairy tales are allowed to be over-the-top.

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Met a woman who hadn't read the book, but saw an ad and thought it might be a good movie - she and her husband and son really enjoyed it. I told her about the book and she said she had no idea it was a book, but wanted to get it. So it was interesting to hear a review from someone who went to see the movie based solely on ads.


My Stardust Buddies and I were so excited to see the movie, we were 45 minutes early. The previous showing wasn't even over yet. We were talking to the cleaning crew while they were waiting for everyone to come out, and one member of the cleaning crew mentioned she really like the movie. We told her alllllllllllll about the book, and she seemed really interested in it.


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I've seen it this week-end and I absolutely loved it. Yes, it was quite different from the book, but we got plenty of warning from Neil about it and as long as it's fine with him, I'm not going to complain. I thought it was faithful to his spirit more than to his letter and that was more important.

I liked all the characters, and I liked Claire Danes and Charlie Cox more than I expected - especially him. Mark Strong and De Niro were also pretty good in their roles, and Michelle Pfeifer, it would be hard to find any fault in what she did.

I'm just a bit sad that the marketing people were incompetent enough not to advertise it more. It's true that I haven't heard much about it until a week before the release. There was a decent audience where was, but it could have been much better.
 
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I went to see Stardust on Sunday afternoon. Just had to say that I loved it as a movie and I could see the Neil Gaiman influences in it. It wasn't as close to the book as I would have liked, but the fact a movie exits is enough for me.

As for earlier posts of people that dislike certain elements etc. that's fine, each to their own... But I wanted to give my take on that...

I used to hate watching film adaptations if I had read the book first as they always seemed to fall short... But as I have aged I realize that there are different types of media and stories can be retold many ways and still retain their magic... I think I first realized this after I got a copy of the Hitchhikers Guide on CD and compared it to the books and the BBC TV version. Each was inherently different but each brought a little more of the story to life, Then the recent Movie came out and I was torn, should I see it and risk disapointment or miss it and keep being a purist... Well I made the decision to go see it and not have any preconcieved notions... And I loved it...

I know we all get caught up in the written word of Neil, but sometimes we have to allow the stories to grow their own way...

Hmmm, it appears I have rambled on about nothing for five minutes... Back to lurking for me...


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I love Lan and he knows it. We should probably never go to the movies together.

But..... I will pay for popcorn and Milk Duds!! Smile

I don't want to take anything away from those that liked it and I don't think I could anyway.
I have grown to know some of you over the years and I know you do not take things lightly and have strong criteria for what you like and don't like.
The main reason I did not like the movie really does not hinge on any particulars that I felt were left out of the movie from the comic. I was not looking for a carbon copy but I was looking for a feeling. For me it lacked the overall sense of mystery that the comic invoked. I loved the idea of the land of Fairy and how vastly different it's culture and manners were from the "real" world and I felt that entire element was lost. It felt too "generic" to me.

Just my opinion. Smile

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I enjoyed it, but the "supernova" ending left a bitter Hollywood taste in my mouth. I guess I was expecting something closer to Pan's Labrynth in depth.

I'm sure I'll still buy the DVD and watch it many times. It was a fun film. Smile


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Hello there. First time visitor to the site and forums...but after seeing Stardust last night I felt compelled to join.
What a wonderful film! I truly enjoyed it - it was funny, entertaining and a great story.

I have to admit, until Stardust, I'd never heard of Neil Gaiman. But after experiencing this wonderous film, I'm quite intrigued. I will definitely be picking up, not only Stardust, but his other books as well. Can't wait to be immmersed in this and his other creations.

Well done indeed! Big Grin


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I've seen the movie, and loved it. It's not perfect, but what is, heck - some of the quirks made it more enjoyable!
 
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Just saw Stardust today, on the five dollar matinee. Sorry Neil, but I am broke. Worth every penny. My mother wants to see it, when I told her you get to see Robert De Niro in a dress. And Claire Danes did play the star in a nice bratty way. I was wondering what species of mouse was Tristian turned into ? Or was it a sugar glider ?


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Hi all! First post and wanted to throw out my opinion about the movie.

I loved it. To me it came across great, the time flew by (unlike some other 2 hour movies this summer) and it never became a bore. It was also a very positive but not unrealistic movie. Yes things ended in a fairytale way, but not without trials and effort.

I think the ending would drive some of my friends from a movie like this, who would probably prefer it to not work out so perfect... and thats fien for them, but why? Everyday I wake up and know that a war is going on, that I'm 24 and struggling to find my spot out there, to meet a girl and fall in love and have a family, to rationalize why some many bad things happen in this world on a daily basis... why would I want a story like this to reflect that. I think occasionally it's very necessary for a story to end like this one does, it in a way gives some hope that things can end well for us also. That surely as in the story there is some tribulation, but that it can be overcome.

The movie itself had just the right mix of adventure, fantasy, love, and evil. It flowed well and intertwined well right up to the end!

This is def. a movie I will look forward to owning on dvd!
 
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I just saw the movie last night, and it was an unforgettable experience! I haven't read the book, but I'll make sure to buy a copy! Despite the film's length being around 2hrs, it wasn't boring at all. It kept me on the edge of my seat. There were also times when I felt like I was experiencing the adventure as well. The best thing I liked about it was the characters. I never felt disconnected from them especially with the 2 main characters. Truly engaging and compelling performances from all of them. The weird thing is that I'm not much of an admirer of romantic/love stories, but this one is an exception. Smile

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*feels bad* I didn't realize it was out in the UK already...oooops! Will maybe go this Wednesday?! Red Face


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it isn't! it comes out on friday, and i'm going to see it then. there are previews on wednesday and thursday, but it really starts on the 19th.


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it isn't! it comes out on friday, and i'm going to see it then. there are previews on wednesday and thursday, but it really starts on the 19th.


Yeah--I found that out later--silly me! I was looking at Wednesday's schedule because Vue/Orange run that buy one/get one ticket deal...

I don't know...I can't decide if I want to see it or not, I know that's an awful thing to say, but it's the only Gaiman book I haven't read and the movie reviews keep comparing it to Princess Bride...which I hate, hate, hate...

Off to read some of this thread, and try to decide before I drive Merlin insane with my dithering...


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OOOOOOOkay...this thread isn't really making me lean towards going...

I read half of the comics when they came out...then couldn't find one and gave up...I own the novel and am not sure why I never read it (but now it's in Wisconsin, so it's no use to me!). So--I kinda know the plot, but not totally.

I'm not a big fan of overly romantic movies (which to me probably means pretty much any romantic movie). So--if they sort of took out the magical Fairy atmosphere and it's mostly a sweet romance with some action thrown in--which is the idea I'm getting--I'm going to hate it, yes?

I want to support Neil and I'd like to see some good Gaiman movie adaptations--but I'm not really a romance kind of girl. So what do people who have seen it think: should I wait for something a little darker to come out? Maybe Beowulf? (yes, I know he didn't write a book/graphic novel version of it, but it is basically his screenplay, right?)


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