Friday, August 10, 2007

A Post on a Movie Called Stardust....

I took some time off and went to the Movies. My Boss was all for this and gave me the time very gladly. I have been speaking to a lot of people who had already seen this Movie, despite the fact that it is just out today, and all them said it was good, very, very good, wonderful and a whole lot of fun.

I have read the reviews, the press, the interviews. As a matter of fact, the studio copies me on all of the reviews, the press and interviews. Heck, I arranged a fair amount of it myself. ( And was nearly driven mad in the process )

I have watched this evolve from a novel being written, to published, to optioned, to cast , to being made, and all of the other things ( that I now know WAY more about ) that go along with having a major motion picture launched.

But none of this prepared me for actually seeing it on the screen in the theater.

Yes, it is good, very, very good and a whole lot of fun, a description that could be termed , the tip of the iceberg. It is magic, pure, bloody magic. Brilliant. Fascinating. Hilarious. Astounding. Beautiful. Beyond captivating. The performances by the actors ( and there is some talent there, I tell you ) were as wonderful as the best music I have ever heard. The scenery was breathtaking. The story flowed like, well, the best story my own personal favourite author ever wrote. The script made me want to call Jane Goldman ( whom I have never personally met ) and, well, I can't think what I would actually SAY. ( doing a Wayne and Garth " we are not worthy " loses something on the phone.

I knew it would be good, but guys, ( you who have seen it ) never told me HOW good. Gods, it works. I am not sure I breathed during the entire film. I wanted to cry. ( did, in fact, all the way home )

So many people worked so long and hard to make this. And I am very sure I don't know the half of it.

They did good. It worked. More than that , it is Magic.

I don't generally talk about my day job here, but this , I had to talk about.

Go, and see this movie. And see it again, and again.

It will make you happy.

Love and Stars,


At 3:31 PM , Blogger Malena said...

I agree. I'm going to see it today for the 3rd time. I LOVE it. I'm going to buy it as soon as it comes out. GO SEE THE MOVIE TODAY PEOPLE!

At 4:31 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I have already arranged as many of my friends as possible for a showing tonight at 10:10pm... posts have gone out to all of VCON (Vancouver Sci-fi/Fantasy Con) members to go see it and I have been bugging my coworkers, grocers, acquaintances, etc... even MY boss... to go see it.


At 8:36 PM , Blogger Alsatia said...

My husband & I saw it tonight, and we both loved it! I've read the book, he hasn't, yet we both came away feeling like we had a marvelous experience! My favorite part (besides De Niro's character) was in the caravan near the end. Without spoilage for anyone who hasn't seen, it's safe to say Claire D's monologue was gorgeously written & acted. I can see that piece becoming something that girls who dream of acting will find, memorize, and repeat at the screen the thousandth time they watch the film. Three Cheers for everyone who helped make it happen, which of course, includes you, Lorraine! :-)

At 1:28 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well, the book made me happy, so I am looking forward to seeing the film.

The only glitch being that it might be dubbed when it finally arrives on the screns here and that is really foul.
In which case I shall have to wait some more and get the DVD (or hop on a plane and go see it somewhere civilized).

At 8:10 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

It's such a good movie, and such a delight.

Quelle emotional release to see it on the big screen after so much work!

At 3:37 PM , Blogger elizabeth said...

Not surprisingly, many DreamHaven customers went to see Stardust last night. All positive reports so far.

At 4:04 PM , Blogger Mary said...

We took a small herd of your Bosses fans to the movie, and some who wouldn't know him from the guy on the corner.

Everyone loved it, people are planning to see it again.

The characters were good,I wanted to be in the Captain's crew but....

Billy! *falls over giggling again*

I have my favorites

At 9:41 PM , Blogger Jen said...

I LOVED it. I have seen it two days now in a row. That is how I found your blog, in fact-- started typing in Stardust, and one thing led to another.

Your essay about your daily life as Mr. Gaiman's assistant (which I read on his blog), was very funny. Thanks for the peek.

At 10:52 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Just for the record, a LJ friend sent me an email yesterday to let me know that she had seen the movie and found it delightful. She will now read the book to see where it differs from the movie.

At 11:14 PM , Blogger LaM said...

Hi Jen, welcome and Nice to meet you...You found the essay too? I did like writing that. I have to confess publicly tho that I , uh, did make up the bit about the Tasmainian Devil, it's time the truth came out, hee-hee. The rest of it is true tho.

Alastia, you are dead on, my thoughts exactly!

Spacelaw, I asked my Boss about the subtitle/dubbing issue, and he didn't know. I'll see if I can find anything out. ( for the record, I really wish I spoke French, always have wanted to, it is such a beautiful language, and my heritage is French, wish you could teach me! )

SO glad you are all liking the movie. It is such a bit of magic, on every leval, there is so much to it and so much going on, and I know I didn't catch half the references. I am going again tomorrow, I love seeing it in the theater, and having it be real instead of a part of my work.

Thank you ALL for your support, seeing it, taking people and talking it up. It is this that is going to let people know just what we have going here.

I think the marketing took a left turn somewhere, and you all get it. The more people who hear what it really is the better.


At 12:06 AM , Blogger LaM said...

Oh, and Mary, let's have this giggling pirates story....

At 12:39 AM , Blogger Mary said...

The pirates were wonderful, and DeNiro was great and helped along by his crew- especially his first mate.

But Billy had nothing to do with the pirates.

Billy! (hmmm, without spoilers...)


*laughing again*

At 12:48 AM , Blogger LaM said...

Laughing with you!!!

At 3:48 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oy oy ! No spoilers, please !
Thanks for asking Lorraine.
You could not know this but I am actually coming from the part in France you are named after.
If you want to try and learn some words or need help to translate something, do not hesitate to drop me a line.

At 12:56 PM , Blogger LaM said...

Thanks , Spacelaw! Would that be Alceace ( SP? ) Lorraine? I may have to come and visit you, hee-hee...

I woud love to learn some phrases from you. I think , after my gig last night, that we should start with " This audience is very drunk and I want to go home! " Man, some nights.....

Just saw Michele Pfieffer on ELLEN, really nice Stardust clip , and some fun talk about the movie.

At 2:35 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

"Stardust" is, truly, wonderful. We went as a family yesterday afternoon (Saturday 8/11). There were parts where both girls (5 and 3) were not looking at the screen, usually having to do with the witches, and the 5 year old was in big, sobbing tears at the end. Near as we can tell, she was simply overwhelmed, though she did try to tell me that her tears were because she was happy. Not that I believed her, as there was no smile to go with it. I'll be seeing it again, though I'm not sure when.
I'll be trying to get my fellow dancers to go see it, too. :)

At 4:28 PM , Blogger Malena said...

The kids in my neighborhood saw the movie last night and LOVED it. One asked me if they were making toys. I said, "They should because honey, I NEED that necklace!"

At 7:16 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Malena you need no necklace to be a Star!!! you and Lorraine already shine.

I finally got to see the movie today, Sunday, many mishaps later... it was sold out when I got to the theatre on Fri, then it wasn't playing (although it was listed online) at the theatre I tried early today... then I went back to the first theatre to catch a late matinee since I was DETERMINED to see it this weekend... and...

I Loved it!!!
and so did all of my friends and my friends' friends who got to see it Friday.

Thanks for all your hard work Lorraine and of course the same to your wonderful boss.

At 8:30 PM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Went to see Stardust this evening. The childling gave it 4.5 stars out of 5. It really was all that and a box of chocolates. The visuals were fabulous. Almost shed a tear at the end. (Almost, b/c I wouldn't get teary at a movie) Good movie. Everyone who worked on it should be quite proud!

At 10:19 PM , Blogger ravyn said...

We saw it for the second time tonight. The hubby was in giggles, especially during the pirate bit. Good response from the audience too :-)

Yeah Malena, he said it was definitely coming home with us as soon as it's out on DVD!! hehe

At 7:36 PM , Blogger LaM said...

Well, it's official, this review in from my Grandma Eva

( who is having trouble getting on to post, tho she has been reading the blog and comments )

I just returned from viewing the movie, Stardust". my comments?
Move over Harry Potter, I 'm in love with Neil Gaiman now. Can't wait for the next movie to be released.!!!!!!!!

I thought the acting was supurb. Scenery very good. Loved Robert Dinero's role as Captain of the airship, as well as his secret passion. I can imagine that they all enjoyed playing their parts.

Congratulations Neil. Lets hope that this is the begining of a long time ahead of movie making.

Love Grandma Eva


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