Mrs Gubbins and the children saw this a while back and had a good old rave about it, but I only saw it for the first time last night. And, well, it’s fantastic! It’s basically a fairytale, but for modern times (yes, that old cliche), in that it has a sense of humour, a wide streak of darkness, and a gimpy hero character. It tells the story of a young lad who dashes off to recover a fallen star to impress some stuck-up strumpet who really only deserves a good slapping. The fallen star turns out, surprise surprise, to be a pretty girl instead of the expected mass of meteoric iron and rock. Hilarity ensues.
There are a whole ton of memorable moments – Robert De Niro camping it up as a pirate with a secret, for one. The wink he exchanges with one of the other characters at the end provoked an out-loud laugh from me – it spoke volumes.Â
So, basically, not just for kids – 9/10.