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, Sir Ian McKellan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill, and Jason Flemyng all appear in superhero film adaptations. Pfeiffer played Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, in Batman Returns (1992), while Strong played Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011). McKellan played Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, in the X-Men film franchise, while Flemyng played Azazel in X-Men: First Class (2011). Cox plays the title character in Daredevil (2015), while Cavill plays Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman in the DC Extended Universe. See more »
Throughout the course of the film the horse pulling Ditchwater Sal's wagon repeatedly changes. When Lamia comes across Ditchwater Sal it appears to be a silver bay with no visible distinguishing facial markings. However the biggest change occurs when Tristan and Yvaine are picked up on the road. The horse is a liver chestnut with a wide, white blaze on its face and a vastly different body type from the original horse. In the very next scene (right after they were picked up) it has changed to a rotund little flaxen pony with a star and snip as markings. 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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