Friday, March 23, 2007

Captain, all the Stars have gone out!

Thanks to AICN, I discovered the trailer for what could be one of the best movies of the year.

I say that because I have a soft spot for the bygone age of such magical films as Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and The Princess Bride. For a while there, the monster that is Hollywood got stars in its eyes and engorged itself on sci-fi, and chewed up and spat out the comic book. Finally, we have come full circle with a delightful renaissance filled with wily wizards, effervescent elves, and fabulous fairies! Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter lead the way, followed by a little movie about a wardrobe.

But big budget extravaganza's are not exactly what I dreamed about. For in their time, Labyrinth and its ilk, had relatively little budgets, and were fueled more by imagination than dollar signs. And so they came in the past couple of years, small budget but high concept masterpieces like Pan's Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Howl's Moving Castle. And now with Stardust, based on the wonderful book by Neil Gaiman, there is another quirky little gem to add to the pantheon of magical films.

I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman as an author, and I have high hopes for this film. I'll let you know as soon as I see it, if it was worth the wait, and if the child in me opened his eyes one more time.

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