A 2007 film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book of the same name. While certain liberties were taken, it remains a very faithful adaptation. A young man sets out to find a fallen star for the girl he's in love with, only to find that the "star" has become human... and that three evil witches want to capture her.Starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Robert De Niro, 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!
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, whereas 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 to speak only in 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.
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.
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.
Dance of Romance: Tristan and Yvaine's dance on the ship where Yvaine starts glowing as she's realizing her feelings for him.
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 latter 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...
Deleted Scene: Several that change the tone of the story. A scene at the ending establishes Tristan and Yvaine as a Mayfly-December Romance, with Yvaine outliving Tristan by a long time. In the actual film, Yvaine and Tristan light the Babylon candle just before Tristan is to die of old age, thus still allowing him to become an immortal star.
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).
Funny Background Event: 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 staring at Yvaine.
Gag Boobs: Lamia's breasts suddenly deflating after she uses too much magic may count as this.
Game Between Heirs: Before he dies, the king of Stormhold announces that his heir will be the one who manages to obtain a ruby he threw into the sky. But it all gets complicated when it crashes onto Yvaine's star and falls to Earth...
Gender Bender: The goatherd chap gets this treatment, getting a pretty large goatee and only being capable of bleating. At least Lamia was good enough to give him a decent rack.
Animorphism: Gets this as well - although maybe both at the same time.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The director even admitted that he wanted to create a movie for kids that had a heavy dose of Parental Bonus. For example, this scene with Primus talking to Yvaine:
Primus: [sitting in a bathtub] "... and it is the largest in all of Stormhold-" [flicks water with a smile] "-so they say."
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, his voicebox isn't changed as well, so he replies with a masculine voice when he tries to serve poisoned wine to Tristan in the stable.
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.
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.
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?
Soundtrack Dissonance: Seen in the scene where Septimus and his men ambush Captain Shakespeare's boat, in a massive fight, to the tune of the Can-Can.
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.
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 then pushes him to his death.