April 27, 2007, 2:24 a.m. CST
April 27, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST
I wasn't sold by the trailer either--charming but lacking. I'm glad to hear it exceeds that, I'm definitely going to catch it in theatres now. I'm a sucker for a fantasy romance...
April 27, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST
Stardust just can't get here soon enough.
April 27, 2007, 2:34 a.m. CST
by THE FOOT THAT KICKED THE CRADLE
its gotta make you wonder what Matthew Vaughn, would of done with X3, but it was good move to leave that installment. From layer Cake to Stardust, that a nice range. cant wait, its been a while since there was a serious contender for "The Princess Bride" title.
April 27, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST
But it was the book that really made me wanna see this. the trailer told me that they were going to do it justice.
April 27, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST
The trailer was awful. Hope you're right about this, sounds like a new Princess Bride. But I do wish people would stop paying Ricky Gervais to be Rickey Gervais. He's great live, but I'm getting tired of his one trick pony acting routine.
April 27, 2007, 2:44 a.m. CST
I didn't think the trailer was that bad for this movie, in fact, I was actually excited to see this. That isn't saying a whole lot in and of itself, because Gaiman has been one of my favorite authors for the last year or so, but Stardust was my least favorite of his books. Still, I'm pretty excited to see this.
April 27, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST
by Lou C.
... because the theatrical trailer I saw made it look like a nonsensical piece of crap.
April 27, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST
might give the movie a try though. Peter O'Toole is a class act. And Danes...mmmmmm.
April 27, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST
by Evil Hobbit
I think Sandman could make one hell of a tv-show if touched by the proper people on a proper channel like HBO. With shows like Carnivale and Tales from the Crypt on their resume I think Sandman would make a fine addition to their fantasy/horror line-up.
April 27, 2007, 3:34 a.m. CST
Now will SOMEONE PLEASE for the love of God review FUCKING SPIDERMAN!!!
April 27, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST
by Mister McClane
Just wanted to point out that your review suggests Neil Gaiman wrote this. Of course it's his story but Jane Goldman has written the script which I am really looking forward to seeing now thanks to this review. It seems everybody is agreed that the trailer doesn't do a very good job of representing the film. Perhaps a better one will be cut soon.
April 27, 2007, 4:08 a.m. CST
I'm a happy man just knowing that Harry, Moriarty (a love letter no less? It must be bloody good!) and Quint all love it. October the 19th here in the UK is just too far away.. sniff, snob! :(
April 27, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST
Matthew Vaughn's work on Layer Cake was awesome, so hopefully he'll have repeated that feat with Stardust.
April 27, 2007, 4:48 a.m. CST
Welcome Back Harry That was an excellent review nice one. dont know why but there seems to me to be a bit of the princess bride sorta vibe about this and that aint a bad thing. looks like vaughn knew what he was doing when he ran kicking and screaming from the trainwreck that was X men 3.
April 27, 2007, 5:19 a.m. CST
...but this films in released in August. Shouldn't you be watching and reviewing films like Spider-Man 3 or Pirates 3 Harry?
April 27, 2007, 5:26 a.m. CST
Bout time you put some effort in! Just kiddin. Very nicely done Harry. Lookin forward to this, Matthew Vaughn has got a fuckin huuuuuge career to look forward to me thinks
April 27, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST
whos basically our equivalent of david letterman...... only campier and funnier. he was something of a hate figure for most of his career until his arrogance became ironic....
April 27, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST
Are you on crack. He blatantly rips off the guy! I like ross, but c'mon, lets not go nuts
April 27, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST
so essentially he's like harry. I wonder what kind of review he'll give his wife. no conflict of interest there then.
April 27, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST
not roos, unless of course kangeroos are in the movie, in that case i'm there front row.
April 27, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST
is not that amusing. Maybe its cos I'm English, but I just don't 'get' it. Then there's that twat on the keyboard who clearly wants his own segment. Ross nicks off Letterman, but nicks very well (oh, n has real rapport with gusest which i dont think letterman does)
April 27, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST
Is practically what we saw. It was the script that sucked ass, and he knew it. That's why he bailed.
April 27, 2007, 7:40 a.m. CST
It may be a perfect story and a lovely film, but that first image of Evil Michelle being carried forth by the cutest widdle itty bitty baby goaties just made me want to crap all over this one.
April 27, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
Thought she'd retired. Wow<p>Whoever it was that said ross has good rapport with his guests missed the jennifer connolly interview. unquestionably the worst interview I have ever seen. He spent the whole thing trying to get a non-plussed Jennifer to say that he is better looking than her husband. The man is a twat.
April 27, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Wow, two wrestlers in a movie in one week. Awesome.
April 27, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST
How does he do in this? I've been waiting for a cool role out of him for ages now. His part in The Good Shepherd was so small it didn't count.
April 27, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST
April 27, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST
To me, the book kind of had the same vibe as Goldman's novel. A fantastical adventure, with love and romance as its focus. It's looking like the two movie versions will have a similar fate... The Princess Bride wasn't promoted well, and it took word of mouth and a second life on home video for that movie to become as popular as it is...I hope that doesn't happen to Stardust, but it looks like it might. Definitely looking forward to seeing this soon, though.
April 27, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST
I'm looking forward to the movie. I really liked the novel. I have been on a Gaiman kick and read American Gods which was sweet, Anazsi Boys which is hilarious, and Neverwhere which is ok. I am finishing up Good Omens for the second time and I loved that one. I need to get Fragile Things now. But if the movie is like the book. I will be there.
April 27, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST
Because that trailer did look like it was trying too hard (aside from Ricky Gervais) and I want this to be GOOD!!!
April 27, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST
And no one can convince me otherwise. No one!!!
April 27, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
hot in a tomboyish, itty-bitty titty way.
April 27, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST
Shut the fuck up about the goats! It'll work!! Read a fucking book! It WILL work!
April 27, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
You're definitely beer goggling.
April 27, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
Liz Hurley is also not very talented, (anyone seen that Ice-cube Liz Hurley South Africa abomination) but blows sienna miller away in terms of hotness.<p>Sienna Miller should be in Eastenders because there is no fucking chance of me ever seeing that miserable shit.
April 27, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Yeah, I know dammit.
April 27, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST
I have no clue how they became famous. I mean, where the hell did she come from? She just sort of showed up one day and won't leave the movie screen. She's an incredibly bland actress with zero range. There are remarkably few new actresses with any talent.
April 27, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
by arctic monkey
the movie is far from amazing...formulaic "hollywood" adaptation lacking a real sense of magic...time will definitely tell...entertaining matinee, yes...a film to be lavished with praise, hardly
April 27, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST
i love gilliams and wimsy and surreality, but im sure he alienates a lot of people, this looks well told and just as full of details and quirkyness as those gems "time bandits" and "baron von munchausen".
April 27, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
She fucked Jude Law. <p>That is all she did. <p>Sad isn't it- I think it is more of a comment on our society than anything else. <p>mind you, I saw Sadie Frost in the pub the other day and Sienna Miller looks a million times more fuckable than that dried up old coke-whore.
April 27, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST
Hardly! The writers are British. It was partly funded by Vaughn himself through his production company, and most of the facilities (film and post-production) are British too! This is not some Hollywood "flick".
April 27, 2007, noon CST
If not I will not be seeing it.
April 27, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST
and i bet this movie proves it.The Ratner's version was adecuate, but it could have been so much more. sounds like it was either the script or the timetable Vaughn didnt agree with.
April 27, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST
by arctic monkey
if that's the case, it's even more depressing that the film wasn't more inspiring...
April 27, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST
Thanks Harry ; it'll be interesting to read Harry and Mori's separate analysis of the Spider-Man 3 film, as it received a mostly negative review from Variety's Todd McCarthy.
April 27, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST
last week jonathan Ross announced that his wife has something to do with. Gervaise is in this. But i have also heard that it is not a very good film.
April 27, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST
did you see star stories. last year. The one with madonna and guy was the highlight. that and the one with Michael and Catherine was the funniest thing i have seen in a long time.
April 27, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST
that blew my mind it would have to be Baron Munchausen. everything about movie that was exceptional.
April 27, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST
Mark Kermode summed her up like this, when reviewing Factory girl. "she's a rubbish actress, who stars in Rubbish movies and here she is playing a rubbish person. You know youre in trouble when she is the best thing a rubbish film".
April 27, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST
Yeah, I've never read a book before . . . . Listen, I'm not saying it's not a terrifying bit of profound evil in its original literary format, and I'm not saying that Neil Gaiman isn't a master of the artform. I'm just saying that the first image I ever saw of this flick was of our Big Bad Former Catwoman being carted about by a pair of the cutest widdle cuddly-muffin miniature goats. It may be some sort of ironic statement about just how eeeevil she is, but it looked like a chick in black driving a couple of escapees from a petting zoo, and it left me with an underwhelmed impression of this "masterful romantic fantasy epic." It looked like something they threw in there for the kids. Get it? Kids? I'm here all week, folks!
April 27, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST
How about having her cart driven by an amorphous cloud of monumental, planet destroying evil? I here it's the latest thing.
April 27, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
My dyslexia is acting up again. Here = hear and its = it's or vice versa, where appropriate.
April 27, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST
I'm not allowed to publish my review till the day of release due to Sony's rules upon me seeing the film. That said, while i did enjoy the hell out that film, personally i prefer STARDUST
April 28, 2007, 3:14 a.m. CST
You have got to be kidding me...the trailer looks like this is one of the WORST FILMS of the year. A poor man's POTC crossed with Princess Bride and might as well throw in Narnia as well. Knowles liked this one? Did he visit the set or did he trade away whatever's left of his soul?
April 28, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST
A New generations Princess Bride.Layer Cake was pretty good so ill probally check this out.
April 28, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST
Harry flat out says that the trailer blows. Some of his reviews might be questionable (Superman Returns? Really, big guy? Really?) and he's definitely become more a part of the system than he used to be, but your argument was DOA. I agree, the trailer makes the film look awful, but you can't go after Harry's credibility using the point in your post.
April 28, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST
His writing makes anything better. I've been looking forward to this movie for a long time. Yes, I know someone else wrote the script, but it's based on his story, and his stories are always amazing. One of my cherished possessions is a hardback collection of Sandman stories that Neil not only signed, but actually drew a picture of Dream on the inside cover. Awesome.
April 29, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST
Actually, the whole cast was great in that movie. And Sienna Miller played his sister in that film, where here she is his first love interest...kinda icky.
April 29, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST
Anyone who cannot get into the novel should try the ORIGINAL book...the illustrated version by Gaiman and Charles Vess.<p> The illustrations pulled me into that book and the words kept me there. One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read (or looked at for that matter).<p> In fact, I have a poster of the Fair from that book hanging on my wall right now, with a "Where's Waldo" Neil Gaiman hidden in the goings on. Love it.
April 30, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST
Indeed, my wife and I shall go and enjoy this movie (when it eventually arrives here in the glorious land of the United kingdom of Great Britain). We shall then make love and lo, she shall bare many off-spring.
May 1, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST
by Jakes Nel
Am I in the wrong place?
May 5, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST
Monkey Dust rules.
May 16, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST
over Stardust, but Stardust will do for now! Gaiman is a great writer, and Neverwhere is my favorite of his novels. Good Omens with Terry Pratchett is a winner, too....
Aug. 2, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST
I agree with Harry, this is a movie that guys will not be embarrassed to see with their date, a bit of action, a great cast, and a terrific love story for the geeks in us...
Aug. 14, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST
And wanted to come here and see how many people were bitching about the movie. Harry hit the nail on the head with this one big time. Really great review Harry it makes me want to go see the movie again. De Nero was great. The movie was great. I had more fun with this movie than all the Potter films put together. Matthew Vaughn is shaping up to be a hell of a director IMO. I wish this film was getting more asses in the movie seats because it really deserves an audience. And yes..it was better than Spiderman 3.
Aug. 17, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST
Just saw it FANTASTIC
Aug. 22, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST
DeNiro was a revealtion as Capt. Shakespear. Turning on a dime from tough guy to quirky fun. Michelle Pfiffer is a delight as the evil witch. Chewing scenes with brilliant style and flare. And while I didn't think I'd like the all too immature at the begining of the film, the way he grew as a character really made the film for me. Claire Danes as the fallen star was such perfect casting. She played the paart with such adorable sicerity it almost seemed as if it really was her glowing and not the FX. While I agree Ricky Gervaidis often seems one note. That notes works perfectly within the larger film. I also liked the heroes father, mother and the with imprisoning his mother. The plotting Princes were good fun too. And O'Tool had a charmingly evil and memorable if briefe appearance. The old man can still bring it. Ian McKellan narration, definitly high on the cool meter. And this film did have a definite Miyazaki feel to it. Capt. Shakespeare, witches (all four of them) Gervaidis's character, and the mother could all have fit easily into Howl's Moving Castle or Spirited Away. So would the reversed perspective of how the people on the magical world saw their world against the "normal" world of England. Wonderful movie, funny, moving, with great and well used FX, and one of the best times I've had at the theater, well worth a trip across the wall.
Sept. 13, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST
see ya there