Yvaine is glowing brighter every time. If I continue watching this beautiful movie on a daily base I'll be blind by the end of the month ;). Really, that glowing is just... I don't know... the sweetest, cuddliest, cutest, awwwwwwwwwest thing I've ever seen in a movie. Just thinking of it makes me grin and probably glowy for myself. Yeah, Claire Danes does add to the warm impression, I confess. Hey, wouldn't it be sooo great, if every girl shone and twinkled when she's happy? ... Okay, they actually do that, but... you know what I mean.
Though the gleaming really IS the one thing that raises this movie beyond every other, it's just plain beautiful on so many other levels. The landscapes, the pictures, the people, the adventure, the humor, the score... *sigh*. And she's glowing. Did I mention the glowing? I am sorry Mister Gaiman, I'm with the player on this: Compared with the movie, your book (on which the movie is based) is only ... nice. Yes, there are occasions where a movie actually IS better than the book. The book isn't really that bad, it's just so much more serious and less gleamy than the movie and so very... different. Definetly no Sandman, but that's another genre again.
Anyways, the humor. The scene where Tristan and Yvaine meet for the first time alone is pure gold:
"... and over there it's where [the star] landed, and right here... this is were it got hit by a magical FLYING MORON!"
"So you're gonna be a birthday gift for Victoria, my true love!"
"HUH! But of course! Nothing says 'romance' like the gift of a kidnapped injured woman!"
She didn't glow then, though. Which she does later on. A lot. After she's fallen in love with Tristan. Awwww, just look at her on the left....
If you, dear reader, haven't seen the movie yet, DO SO! I really mean it. I won't allow you to read another blog-entry, if you don't!