"Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."
"It doesn't sound too bad. I'll try and stay awake."
Adapted from his book of the same name Bill Goldman gives us all of the above and more. For such a promising list of delights to come the film opens on a mundane setting. A young boy is sick in bed and his visiting grandfather brings him a gift. The kid can barely hide his disappointment on discovering that it's a book - the old man manages to display no disappointment at his grandsons ingratitude and resolves to read to him.
"When I was your age, television was called books"
That’s the opening scene, and although nowhere near "the action" already the bones of TPB are visible: For all it's swash and buckle - this is a film about relationships and it's themes of family, friendship, honour and love stitch the piece together under everything that follows. And Oh what follows… The book the grandfather reads is "The Princess bride" (S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale ™ of True Love and High Adventure) which is where the movie now fades into.
The Princess Bride - Buttercup (Robin Wright) is a pleasant friendly girl - but haughty and aloof to Westley (Cary Elwes) the stable boy she has known all her life who indulges her every whim. Naturally they work out that they are madly in love with each other and after pledging everlasting faithfulness Westley rides off to seek his fortune so they can be wed. Aw.
Remember the ""not the run-of-the-mill fairy tale warning"? 10 Minutes later Westley is dead, Buttercup is not only engaged to the local evil prince but has also been kidnapped by a Giant & a master swordsman at the behest of a criminal mastermind. To make matters worse they are being tracked by the most ruthless pirate that ever sailed a sea. To lay out any more of the absurd plot here would be a great disservice to the majesty that is S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale ™ - however it needs to be said that the story is the greatest adventure ever told, it's funnier than any other film ever made, the action (especially the swordfights) is breathtaking and the revenge the most satisfying you will ever see. As to the romance I should warn you, this film does contain kissing.
Princess Bride is justifiably on many peoples top 5 movies list. If you have not seen it you have a rare enchanting tread ahead & If you have seen it you could always read the book it's faithfully based on, the "good bits version" translation - by William Goldman.
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Man, I used to be addicted to this movie. I loved everything about it. Especially the dialog. As a kid, I was so impressed with Carey Elwes that for Halloween I was the "Man in Black". Everybody kept asking me "Are you Zorro?". The story is amazing, enhanced by the strange and creative locations:
-The pit of dispair
-The cliffs of insanity
-The fire swamp
-Miracle Max's shack
But what caught me off guard was that this movie is hilarious. I still chuckle when I think about witty banter.
"Fesick, are there rocks ahead?"
"If there are, we'll all be dead"
"Stop rhyming, now. I mean it!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"
"Get rid of him. Your way."
"Sure...uh...What's my way, again?"
"He's going to be coming over that hill soon. Grab one of these big rocks and hide somewhere. When his head is in sight, HIT IT WITH THE ROCK!"
"My way's not very sportsman like."
One of my top 20. And that's saying something cuz I've seen alot of movies.
Urgh! horrible, horrible movie! we had to watch it for english at school, my class got so bored that people were either drawing, talking, sleeping, or throwing things at each other.
I wouldn't watch this movie if I was paid to!
you say age has nothing to do with it,but yet you had a rant about kids today (where did that come from?)
and you say the movie sucked but you couldn't possibly know that because if you in fact paid attention to the movie you would have known I was quoting it and there for you needed not to reply to what I said.