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 (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 »
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 »
This movie has everything a fantasy movie should have, romance, clever witticisms, great acting and a fair dose of magic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and was drawn to its original plot (based on the Neil Gaiman novel which I am now looking to read) and colorful characters.
One of the most striking things to me actually was how self contained the story is. Unlike so many sci-fi fantasy movies out there right now which leave open-endings and such this was a pure fairy-tale, satisfying in and of itself with no need for a sequel.
Original. Fun. Feel-good Fantasy.
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