A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.
The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? Written by
Ben Barnes, who plays young Dunstan Thorn, was a fan favorite and the preferred choice for Tristan over Charlie Cox, as he was considered more attractive. Matthew Vaughn intentionally cast Charlie Cox, a then-unknown actor over big name actors like Orlando Bloom, as he wanted an actor who could play a dork and easily transition into a suave and handsome gentleman. See more »
After realizing Yvaine can't cross the wall we see Tristan running down the street. One shot is of him from the front, and the dust and a tyre track (presumably from the camera rig he is chasing) is briefly visible. See more »
A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really... "Do the stars gaze back?" Now *that's* a question.
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After the end of the credits, the pirates can be heard growling again. See more »
This movie is a lot of fun. The actors really make the movie go the distance though. Without giving away the plot, I would describe it as a new Princess Bride cult favorite that should stand the test of time. You get to see a whole different side to Robert DeNiro in this movie! (Worth the price of admission just for that!) All the elements are there from adventure to romance, and well placed comedy.
People of all ages will enjoy it. (My parents even did!) Good special effects, may be scary for the little ones. Good date movie. Great for some escapism.
Deserves an A. (Hope it does well at the box office)
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