Monday, February 22, 2016

768. The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride
Directed by Rob Reiner

I think I have made every single one of my boyfriends watch this film (hmm, maybe that's why they are exes?).  I absolutely love this movie and really, who doesn't?  It's a perfect adventure story.

A young boy is sick and stuck in bed.  He wants to just play video games, but his grandfather comes to read him The Princess Bride instead.   The book tells the story of Buttercup, a young peasant woman who falls for Westley, the farmhand.  Westley goes off to sea to find his fortune, but his ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts.  After five years, Buttercup agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck, who you can tell by his name is nowhere near as sexy as Westley was.  Before the wedding can take place, she is kidnapped by three men (a Sicilian, a giant, and a swordsman).  I can't go on, I am getting over stimulating.

Man, what more can you want from a movie?  The score is brilliant, the characters are memorable, the lines are quotable.  My favorite scene is the sword fight between Inigo and The Man in Black, but literally every scene is exciting and moves the story forward.

Not to get too whimsical, but since I am stuck in bed, I almost feel like kid at the beginning being told stories every day to forget about his pain and discomfort.  I guess The Book would be like my giant grandfather.  The metaphor worked better in my head.

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Robin Wright and Cary Elwes had crushes on each other during filming.  I think I just had a stroke.

Uma Thurman was deemed too exotic looking for the part of Buttercup.


  1. Sorry Amanda, I'm going to pass on this one ..

  2. I loved this movie! From the grandfather visiting his grandson and reading to him to pass the time, all the way through to the ending, it was a great movie! Excellent lines, funny moments--fun!

  3. This one is indeed like medicine for the soul. You dig ok Amanda!


    PS: "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya you killed my father, prepare to die" is still the mother of vengance-scene-lines in cinema.

  4. Why didn't you like this one Ray? I love it too Diana! And Denes, that is the mother of all lines in cinema!

  5. I always liked "never get involved in a land war in Asia", but perhaps that's just me