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Summary: The enchanting tale of a fallen star who crashes into a magical kingdom and turns out to be no ordinary meteorite at all, but a beautiful, imperiled woman chased after by an incredible array of seekers who want or need her secret powers. From wicked witches to power-mad princes, from flying pirates to dueling goblins, each person who encounters the star has his or her own agenda, but they all desire just one thing: her heart. (Paramount Pictures)
Vaughn's direction is sadly clumsy with several moments that feel awkwardly truncated and the basic mechanics of filmmaking simply not working. This keeps the film's fairy tale elements from developing any charm, except in most imaginative moments (an action sequence that hinges on a dead swordsman is especially notable). It's also probably time for Robert De Niro to stop wasting his time with roles that do nothing but play on his well-established imposing screen persona.
Feels like a US film student trying to be both Hollywood and Terry Gilliam, creating an incredibly uneven experience. Is at least somewhat enjoyable 1) because of the lack of romantic, swashbuckling adventure in our current film climate and 2) people have forgotten DeNiro's genius and how it is wasted here. I love fantasy adventure, and the dialogue is crisper here than in 90 percent of other films, but the script/visuals' issues outweigh its pluses.
This movie, especially for its type of fantastical adventure, is very fun and quirky. The story brings nothing new to the film scene, but so few do these days. Comedic performances are top notch and performances on all parts make the film extremely enjoyable for most audiences.
Carries a lighthearted, charming 80s fantasy aesthetic that reminded me more than a little of The Princess Bride into the 00s with skill. It's a nice reminder in these post-Lord of the Rings days that not every fantasy film needs an epic sweeping shot of two armies colliding on the battlefield to be a fun time at the movies.
The real highlights for me in this film are Robert DeNiro and Ricky Gervais as they're both absolutely hilarious. The story itself does feel cliched (admittedly with some minor new twists) and, to be perfectly honest, pretty damn sappy. Thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously at all and it's a good, fun adventure. Nothing amazing though.