The Princess Bride – 30th Anniversary

There are movies that capture a generation. Generations even. Continuously spell-bind. ng us, casting audiences away to far of land of mystery and intrigue, this films instil us with a sense of wonderment and joy that continues over decades. Parents will introduce their kids, who’ll introduce theirs, and so on and so on…

The Princess Bride is one of those movies. 30 years on, we’re still quoting, laughing, and being swept away by Rob Reiner’s classic cult film.

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The Princess Bride starring Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin is a mystical adventure set in the medieval era.  Princess Buttercup has an obedient farm hand named Westley who “as you wishes” her every command. When she finally admits she loves him, he goes off to seek his fortune so they can be wed. However, upon hearing the news that he has died, Buttercup (after five years because she is not that heartless) reluctantly agrees to marry Prince Humperdink. When she is captured by three outlaws, it is up to Westley to get her back. The film is set as a story between Grandfather  (Falk) and Grandson (Fred “The Wonder Years” Savage) and is a heart racing adventure.

The Princess Bride is one of those movies that is great for the whole family, it has daring escapes, some brilliant sword fights, wrestling matches and a challenge of wits. In that aspect, The Princess Bride will keep your children vastly entertained by its adventure. For the adults, there is no need to despair (or fall into a pit of it,) because the humour and the comic cameos are vastly entertaining. The Princess Bride is tongue in cheek and it intends to be. The exaggerated theatricality of the movie that is much akin to movies such as Monty Python and The Holy Grail and Robin Hood: Men in Tights  push this fantasy epic beyond your run of the mill family movies. Heartfelt moments such as Inigo Montya’s confrontation with the main who killed his fathers underscore the hilarity with a poignant edge, weighting the comedy and magic with glorious purpose. There is suspense, romance, and intrigue to pleases everyone.

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With many fantasy films before hand, The Princess Bride isn’t a shiny gleaming perfect film. The sets contrasting the rolling hills of British countryside, feel fake and two dimensional. And some scenes which are meant to be heart racing often feel flat or passes the point of being over the tip. But being written by William Goldman (who wrote Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid) this movie has enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen. It breaks the fourth wall and captures are hearts as Westley battles to save his precious buttercup. With a few Rodents of Unusual Size thrown in, The Princess Bride will surely continue to

Happy 30th Birthday The Princess Bride!
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In This Corner of the World – Review

Anime is becoming a regular feature in a cinema-goers life. Thanks to the work of the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, anime is no longer confined to a subculture of fans or film-lovers, instead developing into the mainstream whilst we all sit in glee. The splendid illustrated films from overseas fill our lives with sublime hand-drawn tales that are joyful, poignant, and unique stories.

Occasionally, you’ll get a film that will hit your imagination and the deepest parts of your soul.

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In This Corner of the World revolves around a young girl named Suzu who lives in Hiroshima City during the time of WWII. When a young man, whom she had met briefly in childhood, turns up at her door proposing marriage, she is whisked off to the naval port of Kure to live her life as a wife and housekeeper for her new family. Along the way, she encounters a whole heap of characters who help her out, from family to friends. However, the country is in turmoil, part of a World War that looks to take more lives…

Director Sunao Katabuchi has crafted an enthralling and emotionally harrowing movie piece.  The jumbled beginning of the film will unnerve you. It skips through several different time periods without seemingly ageing Suzu, in an off-putting matter. On top of this, there is a balance of the fantastical and the realistic, owing to a lack of cohesive tone within the first half an hour.

However, after being whipped away from Hiroshima to Kure, the story of Suzu’s life becomes more enchanting and frivolously gleeful. Suzu as a character is so bemusing and realistic. The rambunctious nature of her spirit flows through the whole of the film as she tries desperately to please her new husband and his family.

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Through the trials of caring for her new husband and the house, Suzu daydreams, creating artistic work on the screen through her unique and colourful viewpoint. The artistry in these visual moments are exquisite portrayals of a vibrant hyperactive mind. They are bombs that burst into brush strokes, paintings that move with her quintessence, and portraits of her loved ones billow greatness on the big screen.

The dramatic irony we feel as the audience, knowing the tragedy of Hiroshima in WWII aches as you warm to Suzu. The days drawl with her ever hopeful despite the war intensifying and that looming knowledge will have your heart wrenched and torn. The danger grows and the imminent disaster adds clouds to the proceedings. Yet they are weaved cleverly through the spectrum and through Suzu’s journey. Although, there are scenes that will shock and disturb you, staying alongside you forever.

While In This Corner of the World may start with a haphazard beginning, it unfolds in a charming and enriching way.

In This Corner of the World is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now!