Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Retro Review: The Princess Bride (1987)
'The Princess Bride' Sits On A High Throne
It would make sense that Christopher Guest would have a part in this since the humor in this film manages to lie in the characters much like in his movies.
The Princess Bride follows the story of a kid (Fred Savage) whose grandfather (Peter Falk) reads him a story about a princess named Buttercup (Robin Wright) and the farm boy named Westley (Cary Elwes) that tries to capture her heart.
To me, what makes this film so funny is that the humor lies in the characters. A few in particular that stood out were the bumbling outlaw Vizzini, played by Wallace Shawn, and his accomplice Inigo Montoya, played by Mandy Patinkin, who is seeking revenge against the six-fingered man that killed his father. I thought a lot of the characters were very colorful, but those two stole the film. I also loved how the character of Buttercup was written. They made her very lovelorn yet also very witty and Robin Wright makes you realize why Westley would fall in love with her as both she and Cary Elwes have such rich chemistry.
I also appreciate the film for its self-awareness in terms of its fantasy genre and how it toys with the typical conventions of ig like the way the hero attempts to save the girl and the banter between two characters as they sword fight and all that.
Overall, The Princess Bride is an imaginative fantasy that is also a hilarious romp. It features colorful characters and toys with the conventions of its genre without losing sight of it.
Would I Recommend It?:
Absolutely. Watch it with the whole family. It's a classic.