- Director: Matthew Vaughn
- Based on the book by Neil Gaiman
- Cast: Ian McKellen (unmistakable voice), David Kelly, Kate Magowan, Melanie Hill, Charlie Cox, Henry Cavill, Nathaniel Parker, Peter O’Toole, Mark Strong, Mark Heap, Rupert Everett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Clare Danes, Joanna Scanlan, Mark Williams, Robert De Niro, Ricky Gervais
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
- Ian McKellen – Vicious, King Lear, Extras, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, David Copperfield, Richard III, Cold Comfort Farm, Six Degrees of Separation, The Ballad of Little Jo, Macbeth, Othello
- David Kelly – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Waking Ned Devine, The Comedy of Errors, Fawlty Towers
- Kate Magowan – 24 Hour Party People
- Melanie Hill – Merlin, Crocodile Shoes, Brassed Off, Spender, Auf Wiedersehen Pet
- Charlie Cox – The Theory of Everything, Downton Abbey, Stone of Destiny, The Merchant of Venice
- Henry Cavill – Man of Steel
- Nathaniel Parker - Merlin, Flawless, Inspector Lynley, Bleak House, Othello, Frost, Hamlet, Morse
- Peter O’Toole – Troy, Bright Young Things, Murphy’s War, The Lion in Winter, Lawrence of Arabia
- Mark Strong - The Eagle, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, The Young Victoria, Flashbacks of a Fool, Stardust, Sunshine, Sunshine (1999), Fever Pitch
- Mark Heap – Endeavour, Friday Night Dinner, Good Omens (voice), The World’s End, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, About a Boy, Kiss Me Kate, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
- Rupert Everett – To Kill a King, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in Love, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Madness of King George, Dance with a Stranger
- Michelle Pfeiffer - Dark Shadows, Batman Returns, White Oleander, I Am Sam, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Thousand Acres, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Dangerous Minds, Wolf, Age of Innocence, Love Fields, Frankie and Johnny, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Dangerous Liaisons, Married to the Mafia, The Witches of Eastwick
- Clare Danes – The Hours, Les Misérables, Romeo + Juliet, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, Little Women
- Joanna Scanlan – Testament of Youth, The Invisible Woman, In the Loop, The Other Boleyn Girl, Notes on a Scandal, Kinky Boots, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Jane Eyre
- Mark Williams – Hustle, Harry Potter 1-7, Merlin, Tristram Shandy, Shackleton, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, Shakespeare in Love
- Robert De Niro – Extras, 15 Minutes, Flawless, Great Expectation, Jackie Brown, Marvin’s Room, Cop Land, Heat, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Awakenings, Stanley and Iris, Brazil, Deer Hunter, New York New York, Taxi Driver, Hi Mom
- Ricky Gervais – Life’s Too Short, The Invention of Lying, Extras
- Why? Enjoyed it the first time
- Seen: Once before. Now 27 May 2016
Everyone needs a fairy tale now and then. This is one of those evenings.
In this story we have a nerdy son of a fairy mother (he doesn’t know that) who is returned as an infant to our world, to the lovely English village called Wall, on the other side of which the king lies dying while the sons vie for the crown. We also have three weird sisters, actually witches. We have a fallen star in the shape of a lovely young woman. And because this is a fairy tale, we have a unicorn.
It’s fun but a bit normal until Robert de Niro and Ricky Gervais make their appearance and raise it to an entirely higher level. De Niro is a drag queen pretending to be ruthless Captain Shakespeare of a flying ship crewed by – well, they know all about him and support him faithfully. Gervais is a sleazy, cheating fence who at offers he considers too low responds with his classic, ‘Are you having a laugh?’
The music is so much like that of The Pirates of the Caribbean that it’s almost plagiarism, and the flying ship and sword fights add to the P of C feeling. A plus, in my eyes.
It’s humorous and entertaining all the way through. And it is such a happy ending.
Sometimes we need that.
3 ½ * of 5