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17 August 2007 @ 09:07 pm
Oh, gracious. I went to see Stardust again today. On my own - which, really? was happy. I used to go to the movies alone all the time. I ended up seeing things (some good, some not so much) that I might not have done were I to coordinate with the schedule and tastes of friends or a beau.

When I see movies on my own, the experience is far more... intimate, I suppose. I'm not sure why that is.

Random observations:

I really don't hate Claire Danes in this role. I expected to. I haven't much liked her in just about anything, and to think that she was cast in a film adaptation of one of my very favourite books EVAHR was vexing. But the casting works. She works. Upon second viewing, I upgraded my opinion of her performance from "didn't hate" to "hmmm. actually liked." Only she could do with less eyebrows and head shaking in the caravan-confession scene.

Charlie Cox. Oh, Charlie Cox! I was able to really watch his performance this time 'round, and it's quite lovely. He's beyond adorable as Earnest!Tristan (it's really hard not to type the extra 'r', demmit) and his journey to Hero!Tristan is delightful to behold. The moment he realizes Yvainne cannot cross the Wall: *guh!* And the race to reach the gap before she does... again, *guh* Also, he's a very decent swordfighter, which always scores points with me, though I will say this once again: you couldn't have spent an hour giving him the basics of horsemanship? Watching him ride Ditchwater Sal's cart horse = a world of ooooof!! I volunteer to give him riding lessons. I won't even charge him. I'm just that selfless.

Septimus. Oh, man. I need to watch more things with this actor, 'cause he's good. Sort of mad sexy, which was unexpected. Though as Ghost!Septimus, he made me snort with laughter, which again - like good swordfighting - is always a win.

Primus has a gorgeous voice. Love it. And he made some awesome choices, too. Simple but very, very smart and funny.

Mark Williams' physicality is genius. GENIUS.

With harpiegirl in mind, I payed closer attention to the score. The entire sequence where the star is falling to Earth was beautiful. And the Tristan/Yvainne bits = so sweet and lovely. Why is the score on iTunes but not on CD until September?

Still digging anything to do with Captain Shakespeare and the pirates. Adored his first mate even more this time 'round, when it was so obvious that he was subtly nudging the Captain back into gruff-mode every time he slipped into sensitivity or kindness.

Oh, and speaking of Pirates and the airship (which is absolutely breathtaking and Just Right), the scene with Tristan and Yvaine tied up, awaiting what they believe to be some great peril, was beautifully done. The dialogue made my heart full - the "You were never just a shop boy" made me want to go home and write and be more, be better, because I don't want to be just a shop boy or a tin dog, not to be the one who let fear conquer her dreams so that she lived in regret the rest of her days. Tristan's wince as Yvainne grasped his burned hand (they really didn't make any more of that; it was much more dreadful in the book) and his subsequent supressing of the pain because - dude, she's holding your hand!, Yvainne's deciding which fate would be most dire... lots of nice little gifts in a small, quiet scene.

Though there were only a handful of people in the theater, I clapped long and loud when Neil and Charles' names came up on the screen in the end credits. They were the ones responsible for my first entry into the world of Tristran and Yvainne, of two Mondays coming together in one week, of a Faery market every nine years, of glass snowdrops and silver chains made of moonlight and cat's breath and fishscales and Can you get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again.

I may think or more, but that's it for now, except to add that I ate my body weight in popcorn. Kickboxing tomorrow morning is going to be really, really uncomfortable.

One final note: I love my icon. It generally makes me squee-ful when my fandoms collide.
I feel: enthralledenthralled
rabu-rabu-zura?: Yvainekiarasayre on August 18th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
One of the few things I really wish they had kept in from the book (other than letting Una's reveal be beautifully hinted at until the reveal at the end...and the extra 'r') was Tristan's hand. I guess it's just the physical symbolism of him being changed, of him having sacrificed. Either that or I'm just a giant sucker for a woobie. ^_^;;
Kel: *guh!*Tristanladyjoust on August 18th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Agreed, on every point. It doesn't ruin the movie in any way; it just would have made it that much more elegant, and - in the case of his hand - darker (that there was real, physical sacrifice, and he made it without hesitation).

But still I love the movie. Maybe I'm just so giddy because it doesn't suck. *

*Speaking of suck, I'm in - alternately - denial and mourning for The Dark is Rising movie. Stoopid dumbass poofaces.
rabu-rabu-zura?: Yvainekiarasayre on August 18th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Exactly. And especially with Una, it was just so beautifully done that you didn't see it coming, but looking back it makes perfect sense. Also, I liked the way they kept hints of adorable!dunderhead!Tristan throughout the movie ('cause yeah, he's changed, but he's still going to giggle at seeing Yvaine naked in the tub and completely eff up his phrasing in leaving the message).

And as to the Dark Is Rising--I read them, but it was a ridiculously long time ago and I think I need to reread them now, because all I remember is that they were British and creepy. However, I have to admit, I'm, um, kind of going to see it no matter what because Chris Eccleston.
Kel: kiss of stardustladyjoust on August 18th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
And it's wonderful that they kept that about Tristan, 'cause the most important thing about him isn't that he's royal, or that he's become a hero, but that he is a good person. A good man. Again, I think Charlie Cox played all of that just beautifully. But then I may be crushing a bit. :)

re: Christopher Eccleston, that's what really breaks my heart. I love him so, and he's actually perfect for the role, but they've effed up the character's story in a HUGE way. I may see it. I don't know. I'm just sad.
Andrewquueer on August 18th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Last summer I went to the little indie theatre in town alone all the time. Saw a good six or seven movies there, only one of which was with people. But it was awesome.
Kel: Babs aloneladyjoust on August 18th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh, the solo-movie viewing is even better if the theater is empty.

*sigh* I love my husband. I love being married to him. I do. But I sort of miss the getting to go to the movies on my own, whenever I want, without it being... well, weird.
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on August 19th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
The falling star scene is my very favorite cue score-wise too! You can hear that track if you go to the soundtrack section of the website (www.stardustmovie.com). It fills me with joy everytime I hear it. I've never heard of Ilan Veshkeri before, but I'll bet my last dollar that we'll be hearing alot more from him in the future. Especially if he sticks with the same orchestrator. Wow, is that score good. :)
Kel: Yvaine the fallen starladyjoust on August 20th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Knowing how you feel about Stardust, I am SO glad you liked the score! yay!!!
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on August 20th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Well... just because I like it doesn't mean that I shouldn't have scored it instead!!! ;)
Mairearanturas on August 19th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Saw it, finally, and enjoyed it for the most part. Casting was solid, Clare Danes did a better job than I thought she would. Loved the ghost brothers, especially the scene in the Inn where they see the stone on Yvainne before Primus does. I felt like it strayed from the book a bit...primarily at the end, no two Monday's together, and I really liked (in the book) the way the witch couldn't see or feel Yvainne's heart anymore since it was no longer her own.....much more powerful than the big battle scene. It was beautifully filmed -- in New Zealand? Maybe I need to see it again.....?

Kel: not just a shop boyladyjoust on August 20th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Filmed, I believe in Iceland and the UK.

I have a feeling I'll be seeing it in the theatres at least one more time. hee!
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on August 20th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind seeing it again. Wanna go together? The Palisades mall lies betwixt us, methinks...