The mix of genre is so well presented within the film, and its pace is kept alive with an outstanding cast. Tristan, the new face in this film is played by Charlie Cox, whoÂ’s had minimal experience, but is supported by big Hollywood names (Robert DeNiro, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter OÂ’Toole, Ian McKellen, Rupert Everett) as well as an array of smaller, but fantastic comedic British actors: Ricky Gervais (the Office), David Williams (Little Britain) and Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Green Wing).

Charlie CoxÂ’s first main role is performed with much passion. With no major roles behind him, Cox, never having been typecast, was given a great opportunity to portray any character here, and used this opportunity to shine as an actor. Cox makes this role his by not evolving the character beyond recognition. Cox is supported by Claire Danes, who proves to be better than both Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors) and Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones) in their attempt at the British accent. Danes yet again enchants the audience, playing a fallen star within the film. She is adorable, brilliant, and still maintains the comic timing throughout the film.

What makes Stardust one of the best films of 2007 was its ability to maintain pace within structure. Keeping the plot moving and evolving the many storylines without confusing, boring, or alienating any of the different audiences was certainly a feat for the makers of this complex film as it is set around so many different characters and subplots. Should you begin to think the plot needs to move on, it already has. The mix of a great cast, a great pace, and a mix of genres makes Stardust a film for anybody.

Only rated a PG, it is surprising that the comedy was funny to a wide audience. Certain jokes are sent over the heads of children, and IÂ’m sure the childrenÂ’s comedy is lost on adults. The mix of genre within Stardust can make this family film a film for more than just families, and itÂ’s reason enough for students to buy this DVD. It may be a little expensive for the regular student budget, but if there is a DVD for student type procrastination, Stardust fits the bill. The film has apparently been criticised for not being true to the book, but as the ongoing battle between good script and book content continues, this reviewer stands firmly on the side of good script, and Stardust is certainly better for it. Perhaps some of the Harry Potter films could have used the same treatment. Stardust has been compared to The Princess Bride on many occasions, which is no insult.

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