Netflix has an embarrassment of riches. Seriously, if you’ve locked yourself in the basement and have a handful of hours to yourself, Netflix has so very much stuff that it’d be possible to spend an hour just flipping around and trying to find the thing that would be better than the other five things you’re currently being tempted by and cant choose between.
Well, I submit to you that you should spend an evening, one of these evenings, with a little gem called “Stardust”.
It came out back in 2007 (holy cow, a dozen years ago) and is based on a story by Neil Gaiman. (The movie isn’t as good as the book, of course… but sometimes you want to lock yourself in the basement and watch a film rather than read a book.)
The basic conceit is this: You’ve got a young man who is trying to woo the village beauty. A star falls into a nearby field and the young man promises to go find this star and bring it back to win the village beauty’s heart. The nearby field is actually a magical land, the star is actually a young woman, and the young man is on a collision course with a handful of brothers who want something the young woman has and a handful of witches who want the young woman’s heart (not in the romantic sense, in the meat sense) and there are a ton of secrets to be revealed along the way. (If it matters to you whether the story is a kissing story, well… you should be warned: there is kissing.)
The male protagonist is Charlie Cox (remember back when Daredevil came out, we said that Daredevil stars the guy from Stardust? Well, if you don’t, Stardust stars the guy from Daredevil), the female protagonist is Claire Danes, and that just scratches the surface. Seriously, if you don’t know anything about the film, you’ll watch it and crow “I DIDN’T KNOW THAT PERSON WAS IN THIS TOO!” at least three or four times.
It’s a delightful couple of hours and it makes callbacks to a handful of other stories (if that’s your thing) and there are a lot worse ways to spend an evening. If you’ve got Netflix, you should spend an evening with your main squeeze, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, and this little gem of a movie. (Heck, it’d even be okay if your main squeeze is out of pocket.)
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured image is “I love watching shooting stars” by Claudia Dea. Used under a creative commons license.)