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2007-10-22 12:22 am
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So I got to see Stardust, the film after the book by Neil Gaiman (and the illustrations by Charles Vess --  [personal profile] m_nivalis has my eternal gratitude for pointing me to it) this weekend, in the late showing on Sat night in one of the large theatres on Leicester Square.

There were events unrelated to the actual film that made this visit to the movies one of the more, er, exciting cinema experiences I've had, to wit, a fistfight between two guys about 6-7 rows in front of me about 10min into the film. Guy 1 started it by attacking guy 2 a row behind him while yelling "shut the fuck up! I paid for my ticket! will you fucking keep it down!" and more to this effect. All the while a woman was trying to hold him back, screaming "Jeff! Jeff! Stop it!" The strange thing was that we *other* viewers didn't really have any scripted way of behaviour how to intervene. The blows didn't look all that dangerous, but still, this was distressing. Security took a while to intervene, at which point I could finally see guy 2, who was shirtless and likely drunk. As far as I could see, guy 2 was led outside while guy 1 was allowed to watch. Which I wouldn't have approved.

Ok, so that made me miss a few minutes of the beginning.

Now as for the film, I'm not sure if it was the above events or not, but the telling of the intro to the story -- the first bits until Trist(r)an actually meets/finds the star -- was a bit hurried and elliptical. Well, I understand why they wanted to speed it up compared to the book, though. But then the film gets into a rhythm, and for all the rest I agree with the cuts, changes and new bits. Even the glowing of the star, while cheesy, was not too cheesy to be fun. The fencing works very well on screen. Robert de Niro is great -- loved that (right through to the "we've always known you're a whoopsie"). Michelle Pfeiffer was great as the evil witch Lamia. And everything nicely converges to the showdown.

All in all the right mixture of solid cinema and not-taking-itself-too-seriously. Liked it.