THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk
1987, 98 Minutes, Directed
by: Rob Reiner
Avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his skeptical grandson
(Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story.
And what a story: a lowly stable boy, Westley (Cary Elwes), pledges his love
to the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), only to be abducted and
reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince
Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming
criminal mastermind, and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked
pirate (could it be Westley?) follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the
Cliffs of Insanity...
Post-modernist fairy tale.
There is no other way to describe this genuinely funny (and fun) comedy directed by Rob (When
Harry Met Sally, Few Good Men) Reiner.
It is funny, hip, clever
and sophisticated. This film is suitable for both kids and their parents, and will no
doubt be enjoyed by both. (Although in all honesty, some of the irony in the script by
William Goldman will be more keenly appreciated by adults.)
Strongly recommended to
chase those blues away. Rent it the next time there's nothing on television but American
Gladiators. And afterwards somebody who has watched the movie with you will no doubt
imitate the Patinkin character's dialogue that goes: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You
killed my father. Now, prepare to die!" As far as I remember this is a prerequisite .