I'm inspired, or uninspired by recent reviews I've read of this movie.
I love this movie and I find myself quoting it often. This movie came out the year my son was born. He's 21 a month from now.
This movie contains some stellar performances. Robin Wright (before she was Mrs. Penn) is the lovely Buttercup who is in fact the title character. Cary Elwes (later of Saw fame) gives his most human and touching performance as Wesley, the beautiful farmboy and later Dread Pirate. Mandy Patinkin (Dead Like Me and Alien Nation) is the poignant Inigo Montoya who seeks to avenge the death of his father. Throw in an evil prince (Chris Sarandon) and we have an adventure tale to delight.
The premise of the story is a tale read by a loving grandfather (Peter Falk) to a child sick in bed (Fred Savage- The Wonder Years). It's a swashbuckling tale of love and betrayal and adventure,and yes, some kissing.
The story is a narrative attributed to S. Morgenstern. Written by William Goldman it is an epic fairy tale rendered by Rob Reiner.
Buttercup is torn by the loss of her true love Wesley and regains him through adventures through the fire swamp and his own torture at the hands of the handsome evil Prince Humperdink.
The Princess Bride has almost every great thing the viewer can imagine for a heroic tale of true love, suspense, betrayal and redemption.
The supporting characters add greatness to this movie. Andre the Giant plays a gentle giant and Wallace Shawn as the wicked Sicilian Vizzini give flavor to this visual tapestry.
The well written script has some of the most quotable lines of our age.
"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. "
"Goodnight Wesley , most likely kill you in the morning."
"never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! "
" AS YOU WISH . . ."
The Princess Bride shall certainly stand as an icon.
Silly and sweet,it is a movie that will move you and make you roll your eyes and have you happily share it with the new generations that come. 21 years old and destined to become a classic.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12
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