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
When Mormo and Empusa are talking to Lamia in a mirror (and telling her that the star has returned to Earth and is also being pursued by a prince), the scene is shot from above. It is clear, however, that Mormo's words are not synched with the sound. In one shot she is saying the same thing but out of synch. In another, the sound of her speaking is not related in any way to what she's saying. Though not actually stated much in the film, the reflection of the witches in the book is always a reflection of their younger selves. 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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