I'm afraid I have to start this review by saying that the director failed. By his own admission he set out to make a new Princess Bride, for a new generation. And, not sadly, he failed totally. Stardust is as far from Princess Bride, as much as I love Princess Bride, as 2001 was from Mars Needs Women. Princess Bride is an adult, tongue in cheek look at fairy tales. Stardust is, in every sense, a true fairy tale.
There is so much to love about this movie. But I think what I loved best was that for two hours I was transported to a world where there was truly only good and evil, where the questions of life were simple and the answers even more simple. I was transported back to the world of my childhood where you knew who to trust, where nothing could stop Love and where, even if he was afraid, the Hero did what was right.