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.
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.
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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