The Princess Bride Reviews
For the four of you that haven't seen the film (five before I finally made my wife sit down and watch), The Princess Bride is simply about a hero trying to rescue his true love from the clutches of an evil king. Cary Elwes stars as hero Wesley trying to save his love Buttercup (Robin Wright). He's a dashing savior, as quick with his tongue as he is with his sword. His delivery is flawless and you will find yourself cracking up just by his natural mannerisms. The rest of the cast is equally as delightful, if not moreso in some cases. My personal favorite was Carol Kane as Valerie. Even as I type this I have a big smile on my face thinking about her running into the room screaming, "Liar! LIARRRR!"
The comedy is the engine that drives this film. It's funny and in a number of ways. Sometimes subtle. Sometimes downright in your face. There are too many memorable lines/scenes to count. From "So tweasure your wove" to "Inconceivable!" to "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya..." Not only do these memorable moments come a dime a dozen, they stand the test of time.
A CLASSIC that will not die. I give it a 95.
The cinematography is also excellent, with great lighting and camera work. The sets are wonderful, with a lot of scenes set in the countryside, real locations and well built sets. The props and costumes are also brilliantly detailed and well made. The soundtrack is excellent, really adding a lot to climactic moments and moment of humour and also encapsulating the feeling of fantasy and romance. The fight scenes are well choreographed and performed, particularly the sword fight between Inigo and Westley and are well integrated into the plot. There are only a few parts of the film that don't hold up so well. First is the scene with the ROUS, which is quite clearly someone in a costume and the rather strange way that Westley, Fezzic and Inigo get into the castle to save Buttercup. The biggest problem I have with this film however, is a scene where Westley threatens to hit Buttercup, even though he's pretending to be someone else, this seems very out of character and far too dark for what's supposed to be a romantic plot.
Overall though, this is a very enjoyable, funny film that stands the test of time. I will happily watch it over and over again as I wish.
Every line is brilliantly funny, the cast is incredible, and I've never seen better chemistry...and I know chemistry--I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.
Words can't do this movie justice. The only disappointing thing about it is that the cast members didn't invite me to their reunion. Don't they realize I'm their biggest fan??? Inconceivable! I guess I just need to get used to disappointment.
So what is it about? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. Doesn't sound so bad, right? Just try and stay awake...because if you don't I'm gonna have to emulate the movie and say "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
I mean, you seem a decent fellow...I hate to kill you. So I need you to love this movie as much as I love it. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world...except for a nice M.L.T.--a mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They're so perky, I love that! And you've gotta have a little dessert with it...after all, the chocolate makes it go down easier.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes: watch this movie. Don't give me excuses; just say "as you wish" and do it. And if you have guests over, offer more than popcorn: make sure you ask if anybody wants a peanut.