“Stardust”: What the Fantasy Genre Could Be

I first heard of Stardust when it was introduced as one of the options at a summer camp movie night. When a vote was taken on what to watch, few people voted for it, and I can guess why. Its lesser-known status in comparison with the multi-film franchises it was competing with, in combination with its lackluster DVD cover, gave it an “off-brand” aura. One worried its production value would be closer to that of a made-for-TV movie than a theatrical release. Thankfully, this is not the case. Stardust is every bit as spectacular as its contemporaries. Why, then, has it been less…