Forgotten Milestone no. 103. Movie: Stardust. Release date: August 10, 2007 (10 years old). Today Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the action-packed spy adventure from director Matthew Vaughn, is out in theaters and it looks like it's tracking for a solid opening weekend despite mixed reviews, which is a first in Vaughn's directorial career. No matter what people say, it's undeniable that Matthew Vaughn is a imaginative filmmaker who can it together a highly enjoyable, genre-bending flick with a perfect cast, which was the cast with the first Kingsman, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and this beloved cult fantasy adventure that I chose to discuss for it's 10th year of release and tie-in with Vaughn's latest work. Adapted from Neil Gaiman's acclaimed, Stardust is a tale of a young man named Tristan (a young Charlie Cox) who lives in the English village of Wall, which is on a border to a magical kingdom known as Stormhold. He see a fallen star hit Stormhold and promises to bring it back to his conceited girlfriend Victoria in exchange for her hand and marriage and the star takes on the form of a human woman name Yvaine. He finds her and chains her to bring her back to the village much to her charging and the two finds themselves in a lengthy adventures involving fratricidal brother vying to become the next kind and a trio of witch looking to restore their youth who want the star for their own purposes, and a gay pirate who acts as their ally while Tristan and Yvaine fall for one another. This movie deftly blends romance, dark comedy, fantasy, and old school, swashbuckling adventures to a wildly entertaining degree and runs wild with the magic and awe Gaiman envisioned. With all of those elements, this movie is reminiscent of the classic The Princess Bride and like that movie, it made us love these characters, see where they go next and triumph over evil. Such a good flick.
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