What sets this imaginative fantasy apart from other movies of this genre is the fact that there are many bad guys in the story, starting with Michelle Pfeiffer as Lamia, one of the wicked witches who need the shooting star's magic to regain their beauty and youth. She is the villainess of the summer, having also appeared in Hairspray as the ruthless and conniving Velma Von Tussle. Also appearing is Peter O'Toole as the ailing king of Stormhold who has sons threatening to take his throne by any means necessary, even if it means killing each other. But they also need the magical powers. And not to forget the hilarious Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) who helps Tristan and Yvaine return to Wall and who enjoys dressing up as a woman aboard his flying ship, cruising the skies for lightning bolts. All this results in a rip-roaring tale of love and adventure that holds many surprises.
Besides resembling some parts of Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter, this movie has great comedy, good action, ongoing adventures, CGI, and unique ghostly scenes shot in black and white. The only problem was the chemistry between Claire Danes and Charlie Cox. I felt that Claire Danes seemed too mature for the immature character Charlie Cox is in love with. Otherwise,there wasn't a dull moment in this fun summer flick.
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Running time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Release date: August 10, 2007
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13