It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
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
Charlie Cox, Ian McKellan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill, and Jason Flemyng all appear in comic book properties. Pfeiffer played Selina Kyle / Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992) while Strong plays Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011), both DC comics films. McKellan is Erik Lensherr / Magneto in the X-Men franchise while Flemyng is Azazel in X-Men: First Class (2011). Cox is the title character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series Daredevil (2015) while Cavill is Clark Kent / Superman in the DC Extended Universe films. See more »
Yvaine refers to the little creature in the caravan as a mouse. The creature appears to be a dormouse, a rodent that is similar but not identical to a mouse. However, Yvaine is a star, who though she has been watching earth for some time, should probably not be expected to know the difference between rodents, especially when most humans watching the movie cannot tell the difference either. 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 »
I went to a small advance screening of this movie on July 19th, knowing no more than the names of a few of the actors and that it was a fantasy/adventure quest of some sort.
The plot line really is nothing like I have seen, and a unique story is certainly appreciated with everything else that is currently in or coming soon to theaters. In spite of what first impressions may give, it isn't cheesy, corny, tacky, or ridiculous, and is actually highly entertaining and funny. The flow is quite well done, nothing seems rushed or dragged out. The soundtrack, for lack of better words, is magical and adds much to the film, as opposed to simply filling the silence as often happens in movies or TV. And even though I might have known what was coming at points, I still couldn't bear to stop watching the screen; to my knowledge, not a single person left the theater during the entire movie.
My one gripe is that there seems to be almost no marketing for this film, and as brilliant as it is I can't figure out why.
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