American fantasy adventure from 1987.
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: William Goldman
Bechdel test: Fail
Princess Buttercup and the stable boy Westley are each other’s true love. The kind of true love that comes along maybe once in a century. So what happens when you lose your true love? This is the plot of the fairy tale Grandpa reads to his Grandson when he is sick in bed one day.
“The princess bride” is an adventure with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles and a whole lot of jokes. It is also one of my all time favorite movies, so here comes an account of watching the movie from a quite biased point of view.
The adventure is framed by a Grandpa reading the story to his grandson, but is otherwise told linearly. Princess Buttercup and her heart’s adventures is the core of the tale.
We meet a suave swashbuckler or two, a giant, a prince and many other unforgettable characters, and they all deliver funny and endlessly quotable lines.
This is obviously not the typical story of a romantic comedy, but it never strays far from this genre. There is a clear focus in the story, and it is the “kissy parts” of Princess Buttercups life.
The way the Grandson in the framing story gradually comes to be engaged in and care for the characters, so does the viewer. They are lovable and warm, and in a few cases, clearly evil and cold. For there are bad guys and they are deliciously bad. This is a classical fairy tale.
The only negative I can say about this story is that just as in so many other fairy tales, the Princess is a little passive and the men can more easily make changes in their own and other’s lives.
The sound and visuals is hard for me to comment upon, as I have seen this movie so many times that the music, landscapes, sets, costumes and more seems to belong to the story.
The same is true for the acting, but I do think that the main characters and all the smaller roles filled by famous and renowned actors is very well portrayed. Specially the comedic timing of the actors is great in “The princess bride”.
I still love this movie, and enjoyed watching it this time, as well as every other time.
I recommend everyone see “The princess bride”, and often. It can restore good mood on a shitty day, make you laugh, and it can enforce your faith in true love. (And if you are as lucky as me, and have true love in your life, bring your loved one to see it as well.) Anyone not loving this movie, it is simply inconceivable.
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Tomorrow’s movie is “A river called Titas” (“Titash ekti nadir naam”). Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.
Until next time; have fun storming the castle.