March 22, 2013

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner, 1987

          The Princess Bride falls in love with a local farm-hand, someone who lives much lower on the social ladder than herself. Soon after they acknowledge their love for each other, he is called off to war. She soon receives word of pirates attacking his ship and vows to never love again.
          This film has the quirky love-tale elements of Robin Hood: Men in Tights paired with the comedic mythical elements of Cabin Boy but in the end is a much better looking offspring. The film is so well edited with such beautiful scenery and set design. The comedy lands exactly where its supposed to, over thirty years later. I am late to the party on this film. I heard so many familiar references that I had heard so many times before without knowing their exact origin. My favorite character was Vizzini, played by character actor Wallace Shawn. Favorite scene: the sword fight between Westley (Cary Elwes) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin! WHOA! Saul from Homeland?! Had no idea). Currently #192 on IMDB's Top 250, and clearly deserves a spot on the list. This exceeded my expectations, and it won't be the only time I see this film.

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