i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
12:02 AM: shine
the best part about watching "stardust" is that nobody talked through it! i was so grateful; i don't think that's happened since i moved to portland! i was also very happy to get to see it with michaelmas (and sven).
the rest of it, though, i was disappointed with. i LOVED the book: michaelmas read it to me over the phone when i still lived in colorado. so i expected to be disappointed with the deviations they made, but it turns out i actually didn't mind many of them; the issues i have with the movie are much the same issues i have with most movies. for instance, i definitely could have lived without the big showdown battle with the witch at the end, and the gender politics are really terrible. however, i feel the movie could have been darker and more complex, which is one of the things that endeared me about the book (unless you're counting robert deniro's role, which i certainly do not. wtf?), and i found tristan (and victoria) to be rather unsympathetic characters. and surprisingly, for being a movie about faerie, all the magic is portrayed negatively: for instance, unlike the book where magic is morally neutral, the babylon candle is considered "black" magic and the only good stormhold brother is the one who doesn't use the runes and has a connection to the bishop.
but most importantly, the movie never resolves something that has always bugged me: WHY do tristran & yvainne fall in love? it doesn't really make much sense in the book, and it makes even less sense in the hastened timeline of the movie. she certainly has no reason to be soft to him -except- that he saved her life, but it wasn't exactly an altruistic act on his part.