The Princess Bride Reviews
The film relies on a heavy dose of straight man comedy; the setups and punchlines are very understated. Unlike the sitcoms of its time, there is no laugh track; it is up to the audience to decide what is funny. The comedy does feel out of its time, but I find this refreshing. Dry delivery is something that is uncommon nowadays, and it really shines here.
It is also an action/romance film done in true legendary style. Swashbuckling, adventure, and strange beasts are all present, and nothing distracts from the main plot. There is also a great throughline, with character development for everyone. The conclusion of the film is also satisfying; there is no comedic 'pull the rug out' moment.
Each element of the film is given the appropriate weight; action, romance, and comedy all blend seamlessly together to create a fantastic film.
What they leave out is the all-star cast that includes Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Faulk, Carey Elwes, and Robin Wright just to name a few. Rob Reiner directed this wonderful film and it was written by William Goldman. The Princess Bride tackles issues like murder, kidnapping, torture, and death with a campy, comedic flair that never takes itself too seriously while still showing the virtues of friendship, love, and even hope in the face of despair. A family friendly film that is enjoyable for all ages. Billy Crystal and Carol Kane are completely delightful and have a wonderful chemistry on film.
The iconic sword-fight between Elwes and Patinkin was quite clever and very entertaining. Released in 1987, so the special effects and animatronics aren't up to part with today's standards, but they did quite well with the tools they had then. My only complaint is that although Elwes and Wright were great in their acting, they lacked any on-screen chemistry, fortunately their paired scenes were infrequent. In my opinion, the final scene of the film sums up the underlying premise of this film with the last three words.
The use of painted backgrounds, over exaggerated music, and over exaggerated characters help strengthen the idea that this is a book we have already read as young child, but it now feels fresh and new again thanks to the film's keen self awareness in its subject matter.
For younger audiences, this is a film that correctly demonstrates why it is both rewarding and important for them to read books as a medium to comprehend human creativity, ideas, and facts.
Both Mandy Patinkin and André the Giant deliver particularly strong performances - truly becoming the characters they were cast to play as.
The narrative of The Princess Bride is hard to say immediately, taking after Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, it takes the opportunity of a fantasy tale being told to then comment on the genre of fantasy itself. A character credited just as 'The Grandson' is sick, and 'The Grandfather', affectionately played by Peter Falk, (Columbo, A Woman Under the Influence), reads him a book passed down through his family's generation like Pulp Fiction's gold watch, just with less ass-hiding and Christopher Walken. It tales the tale of Buttercup, who after her dear Wesley, (played with a lot of wit and fun by Cary Elwes, best known otherwise for Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and, well, Saw), dies, is married off to Prince Humperdinck.
This film works on a fair few levels, if you're a kid, you indentify with the figure of The Grandson, who is so perfectly written to encapsulate the young boy who pretends not to like 'kissing stories' but can't help but be absorbed by a really good one, and that this is. A really good story with aspects to attract all audiences, that's another level it works on as just a fantastic narrative, and then it works on a post-modern commentary in the same way that director Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap is a post-modern commentary on the rock-doc and cock-rock metal music in general. The sets do look a bit setish but in a way that's part of the kitch charm this film holds, and who knows, with a film like this it might be on purpose.
Now those who read my Escape from New York review might recall me saying that it might not be excusable to look cheap and claim post-modernism, but there's a difference between that and looking cheap on purpose. In the case of The Princess Bride it's a case of whether you find that charming or irritating, and who knows, it might not even be a thing that the film's doing.
The film is aided by a wonderfully fun cast that fill out an eclectic mix of entertaining and occasionally slightly anachronistic characters. The names include leading lady Robin Wright, (Forrest Gump, House of Cards), Chris Sarandon, (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Christopher Guest, (This Is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men), Wallace Shawn, (Toy Story, Clueless), Mandy Pitinkin, (Homeland), Mel Smith, (Father Christmas, National Lampoon's European Vacation), Carol Kane, (Dog Day Afternoon, Annie Hall), Billy Crystal, (Monsters, Inc., When Harry Met Sally...), and the late, great, Andre The Giant. Some of the characters only showing up for seconds at a time but doing their bit with gusto and verve.
This film is a delight for all the family, and if you haven't seen it you had the wrong parents. I'm honestly really struggling to think of flaws, I'm sure it has them but the fact I didn't notice them really speaks a testament to the film.
Fencing, fighting, giants, revenge, true love. The Princess Bride starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin, speaks of a quest for love and the battle to obtain it. Princess Buttercup (played by Robin Wright) falls in love with a farm boy named Wesley (Cary Elwes). Wesley soon sails off to find a job in order to pay for their marriage, however he would never make it to find a job. After Wesleys death the war seeking Prince Humperdink makes Buttercup his bride-to-be. Buttercup gets kidnapped by a genius named Vizzini, a master swordsman named Inigo, and a giant named Fezzik. Buttercup's kidnappers are followed by a stranger, and after they are defeated the stranger reveals himself. Afterwards the action begins to pick up and the quest for love truly begins. The movie keeps the story going, and the characters have strong morals that drive them to the end. It tells a good story, and presents challenges to overcome that are eventually solved. The special effects of the R.O.U.S's (Rodents Of Unusual Size) were clunky. Although as fezzik was climbing up the cliffs of insanity scene was suspenseful, and the way it was made was cool, Vizzini could have been a little easier on Fezzik. Overall I would give the movie 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend this movie to all audiences!