Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Mel Smith, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal
Synopsis: A young boy (Savage) is ailing in bed when his often irritating Grandfather (Falk) visits. The Grandfather wishes to read him a book that his father read to him, The Princess Bride. Despite initial fears that this would be a “kissing book”, the Grandson finds himself being drawn into a narrative of mythical berasts, adventures on land and sea, sword fighting, and more…
A review by Film Nerd.
On learning that Cary Elwes was to be visiting Sydney for Supanova this year, my Bride and I started reminiscing over some of his great roles. I am not surprised she did not jump for films like Saw, Kiss the Girls, or Glory, though of course she did start smiling at Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Liar Liar, and Hot Shots! However I was shocked to discover she had never seen The Princess Bride, an error I sought to rectify immediately.
Many years have past, so some of the more fantastical elements of this story do come off as cheap special effects. Though of course, to my knowledge I can’t recall if they always came off as cheap sepcial effects or not. That however does not matter at all. What counts here is the story. It is full of cliche and predictability, there is no question of that. It does however maintian a sense of humour throughout, and despite being much older now than my first viewing, the story still successfully won me over yet again.
How couild it not??? To this day I still hear close friends (some of whom contribute to ROTFN) sall out classic quotes like “Inconceivable!”, “As you Wish”, and the most popular “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!!”. I also find it amazing that my credulity of the film even now mirrors that of the Grandson. As the story starts I am thinking “this is not as good as I remember, this is so over the top”. Then by the end, I am rooting for our heroes and what they stand for, and of course, who really cares if it IS a kissing book as well.
I will not go into detail like I normally do on plot or acting. Most people reading this have probably already seen it. Those that haven’t, rectify this mistake. As long as you are young at heart you will have a good time. Even if you are not, look at the cast list above, which is stellar. The comedy alone will be enough to see you through 90 great minutes.
4 stars out of 5