“What do stars do?”

“They shine”

– Yvaine

Well, or they burn.. It’s been a hot hot hot weekend, and I felt like I was inside the Sun, aka The Human’s Star. So maybe it wasn’t a coincidence that I had a funny idea to re-watch Stardust.

It really is a lovely movie. Great story, great cast ensemble, romantically engaging and comically entertaining.

Let’s start with the story: it follows quite close to Neil Gaiman‘s novel of the same name. The story is very compact and the pace of the events is pretty fluid, except when the main characters stayed on the airborne pirate ship which is not in the original story.

That said, having Robert De Niro playing a sort of tough but “woosy” pirate captain is quite ingenious.

photo: Robert De Niro in Stardust (2007)
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Then we have Michelle Pfeiffer who always delivers, not to mention she was very pretty to look at, even as she’s going through different stages of aging.

photo: Michelle Pfeiffer in Stardust (2007)
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And there was Claire Danes. Some critics questions the choice of casting her for the role of Yvaine. Now, I must disagree with those critics. I thought she was very natural in the role. Remember, Yvaine is not from Stormhold nor England. She’s from outer space. Get it?

photo: Claire Danes in Stardust (2007)
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There was definitely chem between Clair and the charming Charlie Cox who played Tristan. It’s the perfect amount of romantic-ness potion.

Since this is not a movie review, I will ruin the ending for you:

They ruled for 80 years. But no man can live forever, except he who possesses the heart of a star, and Yvaine had given hers to Tristan completely. When their children and grandchildren were grown, it was time to light the Babylon Candle.

[there is a flash of light from inside the royal quarters, the camera then pans up to the sky where two brighter stars have appeared]

And they still live happily ever after.

Now, in the book, only Yvaine is immortal, and she becomes the ruler of the Faerie Kingdom after Tristan passes away.

The funny thing is: stars, just like human, are mortal. Watch the BBC‘s ‘Wonders of the Universe: Stardust‘ with Brian Cox. Fascinating!

Here a clip.

I find it’s beautiful that only a dying star can create basic building-block elements for life.

Funny, isn’t it? Because in the movie, it’s the heart of a star that the witches seek to re-capture their youth.

I would like to look at human the same way. We are all dying, but we are also creating something.. perhaps wonders.

And, so I’m leaving this post with a Nat King Cole‘s song called ‘Stardust’. Dream away..

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