Princess Bride is the perfect fairy tale. A handsome hero, sword fights, true love, and a giant…what more could a story ask for? This hilarious, action packed, fantasy movie from 1987 is a timeless classic.
A stellar cast: Peter Falk is wonderful as the frumpy but kindhearted grandfather, Cary Elwes (Wesley), Robin Wright (Buttercup), Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), and Andre The Giant (Fezzik).
The sword fight scene between Wesley and Inigo reveals the famous line “I am Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die!” It also provides excellent character development in a funny, entertaining way.
Battle of wits between Wesley and Vizzini.
Any time Vizzini, Inigo, and Fezzik are together. Their personalities play so well off of each other and provide lots of laughs during the film.
Chemistry between Wesley and Buttercup is convincing. I hate when it is obvious in movies that actors were chosen for box office ratings but have zero believability as a couple. And what good would a fairy tale be if the love story fell flat? Cary Elwes and Robin Wright really sell that deep, passionate, forever love that all story books must have for a happily ever after.
This is extremely minor but while watching the commentary on this film everyone kept gushing about Billy Crystal’s small role as Miracle Max. All of the people interviewed said that he was so funny and stole the spotlight, but I must disagree. He only appears in the film for a few minutes and honestly it seemed like anyone could have played that role. I just wasn’t enchanted. Don’t get me wrong, I like Billy Crystal. City Slickers and When Harry Met Sally are movies I have watched many times in my life and throughly enjoyed them. I just felt his role was way over hyped.
Rating 5: Happily Ever After If you haven’t seen this movie yet I would recommend you rent it immediately. It is suitable for children while still being humorous enough for adults to enjoy.