I saw this in theaters last year, and watched it at the Olsons (to whom I gifted it as a Christmas present). Now I’ve seen it on DVD at home and that merits another look.
I’m less unhappy with Claire Danes’ performance as I was in the movie theater. While I think another actress might have done better with the role, I am less harsh in my view of her performance, seeing it again on the small screen.
And while De Niro’s role is really an extended cameo, I truly relished Michelle Pfeiffer’s role as Lamia the witch. I’ve remembered and recalled similar roles she has done–Titania in a Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, the voice of Eris in Sinbad, and even (remember!) a role in The Witches of Eastwick. She was born for the role, and she does it well.
The brothers of Stormhold, both alive and their ghosts, are lots of fun, too.
Its a pity that the movie didn’t do as well as it might have. Unlike, say, Beowulf, whose flaws are irksome, this movie is charming and fits nicely in my DVD collection.