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What stars do best

Yes, I will eventually post the rest of my Comic-con reports, but ya'll who know me probably aren't surprised that I'm taking a long time with it. In the meantime, I want to talk about Stardust, because we went to see it last night and ya'll, this movie is AWESOME. No, really, it is. And I say this as someone who loves the book and has reread it recently (which is usually the kiss of death for my enjoyment of movie adaptations). They've made quite a lot of changes from the book, but they're pretty much all wonderful changes.

If you're not familiar with Stardust, it's based on an illustrated novel by Neil Gaiman and it is a pure fairy tale in the tradition of pre-Tolkien English fantasy, only with a lot more wit than you'd get from Lord Dunsany or the Brothers Grimm. In some ways it's like The Princess Bride and in others it's nothing at all like it. As Neil Gaiman said, "I don't think it has much in common with The Princess Bride, they're at present the only two things in that genre."

It's funny, exciting, romantic, thrilling, and delightful. Claire Danes, who's supposed to be dead to me, is undeniably perfect as the fallen star. And the male lead, Charlie Cox, is destined for a lot of boyfriend lists. Seriously, ya'll, this guy is CUTE. Go see the movie for him, if for nothing else. Robert De Niro appears as you've never seen him before, Ricky Gervais has a wonderful small part, and the whole thing's narrated by Ian McKellen. What more do you want?

On a completely unrelated note, I've been mainlining Jericho episodes and am now thoroughly and completely hooked. Please direct me to a support group.

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tlbelle
Aug. 11th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
So excited!
I read Stardust in two days after we got back from Comic-Con and LOVED it. I was a bit nervous about the movie having just read it, but you've put my fears to rest. I'd go see the movie today but promised I'd wait for Alex. Yay! Good movies!
hannasus
Aug. 11th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: So excited!
Just be prepared for it to be VERY different. So much of what's wonderful about the book is the style it's written in, which wouldn't come off on screen. They've made it a lot more action-packed and changed the whole pace of the story, leaving some characters out completely while greatly expanding (or inventing) others. The last act of the movie is so different I was on the edge of my seat because I had no idea what was going to happen. But I think it all worked out wonderfully. And Tristan is CUTE.
anr
Aug. 11th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
*random comment squee*

YAY JERICHO! :)
hannasus
Aug. 11th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! I was afraid there wasn't anyone on my flist who's watched the show. If you have any fic recs please, please, please send 'em my way!
anr
Aug. 12th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Sadly, I have none. :( I have been searching for good stanley/mimi fics since the show started and have been unable to find a single one.
hannasus
Aug. 12th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Bummer. I was kinda hoping for some Jake/Heather fics but I poked around a little and there doesn't seem to be much of anything out there worth reading. *sigh*

I'm really bummed now that I didn't go to the Jericho panel at Comic-con, but I hadn't seen all of the show at that point and I didn't want to be spoiled.
anr
Aug. 15th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
While I don't mind jake/heather, there not my primary interest in the show so I haven't searched as hard for fic about them. If you ever find any, please share! :)
alanao
Aug. 11th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
I was gonna go see it tonight but I have to go see a stupid play. Well, I shouldn't say stupid, cause I don't know. But I'm going to see Stardust soon.

Also, I have seen an episode and a half of BSG. And read all about it on Wikipedia, which maybe might have spoiled some of it but made me infinitely more interested in it.
hannasus
Aug. 11th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Season one of BSG is phemonomenal. Parts of season two are also great. I was greatly disappointed in season three, but many people enjoyed it, so YMMV. I also adored the miniseries and I know a lot of people didn't love it so much. *shrug*
alanao
Aug. 11th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I have to find the miniseries, or go out and rent it or something, I imagine that it will help with my understanding of the world of BSG.
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