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I had never heard of 2007’s Stardust before someone recently posted about it on Facebook. He said he loved it, and it’s streaming on Netflix, so I thought I’d give it a chance.
I was bored to tears. By the time it picked up a little bit, I was so un-invested (<- not really a word, but you know what I mean) in the characters that it was too late to win me over. The story follows a half-faerie guy who looks like Daredevil and goes on a mission to save Claire Danes, who’s really a comet or something. Ugh. So trite and poorly executed. It’s based on a 1999 book by Neil Gaiman, and the cast was incredible (Mark Strong, Robert Deniro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemyng, the best Superman, and so many others), so I really expected to like it. I didn’t, and I stand with but a few.
I know. “Bad nerd!” As always, YMMV.
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Well, if you were bored then you were bored, but as you pointed out it’s a popular movie. It’s lightweight tongue-in-cheek fantasy, so perhaps you’re not a fan of the genre? Did you like The Princess Bride, Labyrinth and Dark Crystal? They fall into the same category for me, and I enjoy them all.
I loved the Princess Bride, thought Dark Crystal was meh, liked the Dark Crystal series on Netflix, and have never seen Labyrinth. It’s been on my Netflix queue for quite some time, but I suspect it’s no longer on that platform. I saw Willow for the first time less than a year ago and didn’t like that either. I don’t think it’s that I don’t like the genre; I think it’s that I’m not an apologist for the genre. The movies I didn’t like just weren’t that good, but there are several in the genre that I do like. I suspect that my fellow nerds like them all because either 1) they saw them as a kid; or 2) they’re an apologist for the genre. Mind you, this isn’t a criticism. If you select “Guilty Pleasures” from the menu at the top of the blog, you’ll see that I’m an apologist for some genres, and I will never apologize for that. The two obvious ones are comic book movies (despite never being a comic book reader) and movies based in mythology, even if they’ve taken a lot of liberties with the stories.
It is what it is. I’m certainly not the kind of guy to say, “How dare you like a movie I don’t.” There’s way too much of that going around.