The Princess Bride

A grandfather reads an epic adventure to his ill grandson (who has no brook with that ‘kissing stuff’) about a farm boy turned hero, a princess bride and an adventure that will reunite the pair as they attempt to avoid an international incident.

 

“When I was your age, television was called books”

With the author adapting his own novel, William Goldman’s assured screenplay bristles with wit and swashbuckling adventure, led by a superb Cary Elwes as Westley and Robin Wright as The Princess Bride (better known as Buttercup).  Betrothed to Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), Buttercup finds herself at the heart of a plan to start a war, led by the mismatched team of Vizzini, Fezzik and Inigo Montoya (Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant and Mandy Patinkin).

With The Dread Pirate Roberts in pursuit of Buttercup, Humperdinck in pursuit of his bride, there’s the future of a kingdom at stake.

“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.”

Somewhere between Monty Python and the films of The Zuckers and Abraham lives The Princess Bride.  There’s surrealism, word play and slapstick underlying an exceptionally well crafted story.

The film instantly feels comfortable – a reminder of the swashbuckling days of high adventure that entertained generations, but with a wit that sets it apart from other entries in the genre.

Almost acting as a parent to the superb Stardust, The Princess Bride will entertain fans of films that are more than just a fairy tale.  It’s grown up without being adult and will entertain all ages (even young boys who don’t like kissing).

 

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