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Has anyone seen this movie? If so, have you read the novel by Neil Gaiman? Which did you like better, and for what reasons?

:] i'll give my opinion after i see if anyone else has seen/read it.

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this was a brilliant movie!!!! i saw it on the big screen when it came out in september. it was a really good movie.

i havent read the book yet, and im not sure i want to... i dont want it to be better/worse than movie was...

what about you?

message 3: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (wanna_read_all_the_books) There is actually a thread about Stardust already, it's been pushed back to page 3. I loved it personally.

message 4: by Arc (new)

Arc flow (arc_flow) | 2 comments I've watch this movie. well kinda fairytale for me.
but i wish i read the novel first, cause something missing, still.

message 5: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra I read the book years ago and loved it. I liked the movie too, I think they did a pretty good job adapting it while being faithful to the book.

message 6: by Angie (new)

Angie This is a great movie, and the book is just as good. If you have not read the book you should read it, it is fairly short. I believe that originally the book was written as a graphic novel which i have not been able to find in stores, then it was switched to a novel. it is a short book so you should be able to read it in no time.

message 7: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (carolynanne) The book is SO much better than the movie. The audiobook (read by Neil Gaiman) is especially fantastic.

message 8: by Lynn (new)

Lynn (dwell_ondreams) I so need to find the audiobook then. I love listening to Neil Gaiman talk. :)

I loved the book! But have yet to see the movie. Because I am poor, forgetful & should be studying. . . .

message 9: by Lynn (new)

Lynn (dwell_ondreams) I finally saw the movie! It was quite good. They stuck pretty much to the book. I liked the book more, but I always do. :)

It was well done. The brothers were awesome.

message 10: by Mona (new)

Mona | 6 comments I just saw this movie the other day and loved it. I love fairy tale movies and it was a great story! I want to read the book now too!

message 11: by Alex DeLarge (new)

Alex DeLarge | 851 comments I approached this movie with trepidation, expecting typical Hollywood-style condescending eye candy: I was pleasantly surprised.

STARDUST (Matthew Vaughn, 2007, UK) Neil Gaiman captures lightning in a bottle with this Grimm fairy tale romance that never gets too cute or too sentimental. There is but a simple path from our mundane world into the fantastic and Tristan, our protagonist, innocently stumbles into a great adventure. Gaiman is our great modern Fantasist; this story incorporates many imaginative fairy tale conventions but never becomes trite or obvious; there are a few surprises around every dark corner. Imagine a falling star professing its love to a rodent and you will begin to understand with childlike wonder the magic of the tale. The viewer is never bogged down with explanation or exposition as the plot quickens and the tension seethes towards the (hopefully) beneficent climax. Gaiman wrote a story for his legendary SANDMAN series a few years ago (HEART OF A STAR) about a beautiful emerald star with whom Dream had fallen in love. In that, I see the spark of this film and I am glad he fleshed out the idea (or gave it flesh), so to speak. The direction is adequate but really nothing special and the performances are top notch without being over-the-top. (B)

I like the novella better because I have yet to see a film whose vision equals my inner eye, that rivals my imagination. Though the film's narrative was extended a bit, I thought it still remained true to the nature of the tale.

message 12: by Kristin (new)

Kristin (kristindreyerkramer) | 4 comments I loved Stardust. In fact, it was one of my top movies of last year -- just because it's so much fun. I haven't read the book, so I can't compare the two, but the movie is fun, imaginative, magical stuff.


message 13: by Gail (new)

Gail D.C. | 228 comments I saw the movie within the last few months and just loved it! I had no idea there was a book, but then I guess there usuallly is. I don't usually do both the book and movie as in the end I tend to like one better then the other. But I like fantacy and legend topics a lot. I will see about reading this book as you all say it is a good one.

message 14: by Bill (new)

Bill | 6 comments Brilliant movie. Magical, charming, witty, and well acted. Loved it.

message 15: by Kristin (new)

Kristin | 3 comments The book is far, far better than the movie.. The movie felt rushed, like it was trying to get as much of the book into an hour and a half. It wasn't bad, but doesn't touch the book.

message 16: by Ceci (new)

Ceci (cecialbiceleste) | 529 comments I love both -- the book and the movie. :) Wonderful and magical, in different ways.

message 17: by Ed (new)

Ed | 220 comments Mod
Really fun and inventive movie. I love Gaiman's Sandman series. this was lighter than that but a great film.

message 18: by Crystal (last edited Aug 10, 2008 10:00PM) (new)

Crystal | 118 comments I haven't read the book, BUT that didn't stop me from enjoying this movie.

I rented it for 5 days and watched everyday till I had to take it back. Very magical.

Loved Robert De Niro in it. He made me smile.

message 19: by Bliss (new)

Bliss (blissreads) | 9 comments My daughter and I just watched this earlier in the week. We actually watched it twice because we thought some parts were absolutely hilarious.

It was one of the better movies I've seen in a while.

I wasn't aware that it's a novel as well.

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