A 2007 film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book of the same name. While certain liberties were taken, it remains a very faithful adaptation. When a star falls from the sky, Tristan Thorn sets out to find a fallen star for Victoria the girl he's in love with, only to find that the "star" is a human woman named Yvaine... and that three evil witches want to capture her. Yvaine is also being chased by heirs to the throne of the magical kingdom of Stormhold who seek Yvaine's ruby necklace.With an All-Star Cast comprised of Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Mark Strong, the film is said to remind viewers of The Princess Bride. Although the movie contains a different ending from the book, it's successful at playing straight many of the often clichéd fantasy elements in an intelligent and entertaining way.
Stardust contains examples of:
Abduction Is Love: Tristan starts out trying to force Yvaine to come back to England with him to show her to Victoria, then the two subsequently fall in love.
Yvaine also gives us this gem, about when she's abducted for love...
Yvaine: But of course! Nothing says "romance" like the gift of a kidnapped injured woman! I'm not going anywhere with you!
Absurdly Youthful Mother: Una doesn't seem to have aged much in at least twenty years - though being partly transformed into a bird for most of those years might have halted the ageing process.
Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, the eldest of the Lilim has black hair and wears red. In the movie, Lamia has blonde hair and wears green.
Adaptation Expansion: The Lightning Pirates get a brief mention in the book, but have a significant plot in the movie.
Adaptational Badass: Tristan learns to sword fight in the movie, the witches use more combat-oriented spells, and Septimus was a poison master in the book, while in the movie, his preferred weapon is a knife (using poison only once), and he fights with blades.
Adaptational Villainy: Septimus and Lamia were both villains in the book, but are more villianous in the movie: Septimus kills more people and is more ruthless, while Lamia is considerably more sadistic.
Alas, Poor Villain: Lamia. Where the book played it straight, it is played with in the film: imagine the scene in the castle of the witches, after Lamia's sisters die, and how the film would have ended if she truly were regretting it.
Author Appeal: The director of the movie, Matthew Vaughn, liked the original story so much that he thought it could be a movie a lot like The Princess Bride.
Awesome Moment of Crowning: Tristan gets the throne and his queen while his mother, father, and Capt. Shakespeare look on approvingly.
Badass Grandpa: The old man guarding the Wall apparently has had a lot of time to practice (having been there for 80 years).
Berserk Button: You really shouldn't betray Septimus, or mock him for that matter. To be fair, Ferdy couldn't make clear he wasn't trying to mock Septimus, given that he was cursed by Lamia so that he could only communicate with chicken sounds.
Blunt Yes: The opening exchange between Dunstan and the Wall Keeper.
Guard: I'm charged with guarding a portal to another world, and you're asking me to just let you through?!
Dunstan:[as-a-matter-of-factly] Yes. Because, let's be honest, it's a field. Look, do you see another world out there? No, you see a field. Do you see anything non-human? No. And you know why? Because it's a field!
Broken Aesop: You don't have to just be a shop boy, you can go out and have adventures and be a boy momentarily working in a shop! Don't worry if you're not born special! Except Tristan is the son of a magical princess.
Butt Monkey: Poor Bernard. First he gets kidnapped by Lamia, who turns him into a goat to drive her cart, then he gets put into a girl's body, almost trapped in a burning inn, kidnapped and kicked around by Septimus, before finally making an appearance at the end sequence looking surprisingly happy for all he's been through.
Probably because everybody who did those things to him had died horribly and the people who were nice to him just became King and Queen. I'd be happy, too.
Also, he dies in the book, so he's probably thankful for living at all.
According to the DVD commentary he was found by Captain Shakespeare and joined his crew.
Cast from Hit Points: Lamia. Well, more "Cast From Youth," as each spell she uses drains a little bit of the good looks she got from eating the last of the previous star. This leads to a funny scene where she repeatedly tries to use magic to undo signs of age in one spot on her body only for it to cause signs of age to appear on another spot.
Combat Pragmatist: The Pirate Crew. When facing Septimus' men they bow, and while their opponents do the same out of courtesy, they take the chance to get the first strike.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Many reviews of the movie mention the Lightning Pirates as an example of ways in which the movie was different from the book, claiming that they do not appear in the book at all. This is untrue, it's just that what happens on their ship is glossed over in the book, and expanded on here.
The film does invent some attributes: the airship crew in the book are not pirates, just fishermen of a sort who harvest lightning. And their captain was not an (admitted) transvestite.
Decoy Protagonist: An inversion, a Decoy Villain. Septimus seems like he should become a major problem for the heroes. Not only is he actually Tristan's uncle, but the only time he actually meets the two main characters is in the film's climax, just in time to help fight the Big Bads and get killed.
And before, Secundus - he gets a great entrance, only to be pushed a minute later from the window.
Played straight with Tristan's father at the beginning - although he is important. To get the real protagonist, he and Una go into the back room and have fun...
Enemy Mine: Sort of. At the end of the film we have a hero / villain team-up (between Tristan and Septimus) to take down a more dangerous villain (Lamia), but the two characters weren't enemies beforehand — in fact, they'd never met (though Septimus did beat up Tristan's mentor, Captain Shakespeare).
When Tristan touches the ruby and becomes king the dead princes are set free. When they turn into white balls of light and go up, the looks on their faces a split second before they go is pretty funny if you hit pause at just the right moment..
After he's changed into a woman, Bernard spends most of his screentime staring at himself or sneaking looks at Yvaine.
Gag Boobs: Lamia's breasts suddenly deflate after she uses too much magic.
Game Between Heirs: Before he dies, the king of Stormhold announces that his heir will be the one who manages to obtain the ruby necklace he threw into the sky. But it all gets complicated when it crashes onto Yvaine's star and falls to Earth...
Gender Bender: Bernard, the goatherd chap gets this treatment as part of Lamia's ruse to lure Yvanne into a trap. At least Lamia was good enough to give him a decent rack.
Arguably Fridge Brilliance. During that scene, when Yvaine and Tristan run away from the exploding windows, they run back towards the witches and away from the only door that they can escape through. So instead of hurting them, the witch just cuts them off and drives them back. Also she needs to cut out Yvaine's heart and eat it, and killing her with broken glass before it's cut out would probably reduce the quality. She's not trying to hit them, she's just terrorizing them For the Evulz.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At the end, Lamia nearly kills Tristan and Yvaine, but stops when she sees her sisters' bodies, and then lets them go, as immortality means nothing without them. When they leave, she shuts the door, and reveals that she was kidding, to lure Yvaine into a sense of security (happy stars give more years).
Magical Underpinnings of Reality: On this side of the Wall, a star is a giant ball of gas and a falling star is a lump of rock and metal, but on the other side of the Wall stars are immortal women who float in the sky and shine at night (unless someone hits them and knocks them down). A fallen star crossing the Wall turns into a lump of rock and metal.
Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Bernard checks him/herself out after Lamia transforms him into a girl. Though his gender is changed, Lamia didn't do as good a job with transforming his voice, so he replies with a masculine voice when he tries to serve poisoned wine to Tristan in the stable.
Match Cut: After the scene where Septimus kills his soothsayer for being a traitor, he asks his men, "So, do we continue west?" He then throws his runes into the air. One of them flies at the camera and as it flips, is used to transition to Lamia standing on the top of a cliff using her runes.
Now What?: One of the seven brothers says this once Septimus, the last of them, dies. They were supposed to acquire a ruby from their father, which would make them king, but with all seven dead… Thankfully, Tristan, being Una's son, turns out to be eligible and they're able to pass on.
Numerical Theme Naming: The children of the Lord of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... and so on. They also each have the appropriate Roman numeral as a clothing motif, which is how Tristan identifies Septimus when the two end up at Lamia's hideout.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Captain Shakespeare's Lightning Pirates don't actually pirate per se, but make a solid living poaching lightning from thunderstorms, so they may be merely The Pirates Who Do Something Else. The career paths of Shakespeare and crew still offer plenty of opportunities to evade the law (Lightning-Marshalls at that), to amass fortunes on the black market and for combat badassery on the high seas in the wild blue yonder, so their Pirate work resumes are still quite aglow.
Pragmatic Adaptation: Presumably the book's Tristran was changed to the movie's Tristan because the latter is simply easier to say.
Prophecy Twist: Everyone knows that possessing the heart of a star is the key to living forever. Turns out it works just as well metaphorically as literally.
Secret Secret Keeper: It turns out Captain Shakespeare's entire crew was this, regarding his cross-dressing.
Old Pirate: It's alright, Captain! We always knew you was a whoopsie!
Shout-Out: In the montage of Tristan and Yvaine's time on Captain Shakepeare's ship, there's one scene where she plays the piano with the Captain. A reference to her previous piano-playing role in Little Women?
Spoiled Brat: Victoria. In the original book, she was actually Spoiled Sweet, whereas here her only sweetness is that she's nice to Tristan out of pity, and stops being nice the minute she actually expects something of him. Otherwise, she only thinks of herself.
Spotting the Thread: Septimus suspects his soothsayer of treachery. So he asks the soothsayer some basic questions about himself that he knows are true. He sees that the runes fall symbols-side up, which means "yes". Then he asks if begging or pleading has ever convinced him to spare a traitor, something that is false. This time, the runes fall face-down, meaning "no". Now that he knows what means "no" and "yes", Septimus has the soothsayer throw the runes high. While they're still in the air, he asks, "Do you work for my brother?" In slow motion, the soothsayer's face turns to a look of shock as the runes land symbols-side up. When they stop moving, Septimus promptly stabs him through the heart.
True Blue Femininity: Yvaine chooses a blue gown when she has the pick of Captain Shakespeare's wardrobe. Una also wears a blue dress.
Too Dumb to Live: After discussing that his brothers will try to kill each other for the throne, Secundus doesn't see anything suspicious about his father asking him to stand with his back to his siblings, next to a large open window. Septimus takes advantage of this.
Tsundere: Yvaine is actually a Type B. She is initially hostile to Tristan for understandable reasons - being knocked out of the sky, chained up and forced to walk so many miles. She calms down pretty soon and warms to him. When she fears he's going to choose Victoria instead, she simply becomes sad rather than angry.