I’ve watched this movie at least 15 times. It’s one of the most quotable movies I know of.
The book on the other hand, reminds me a tad of The Phantom of the Opera book (speaking of The Phantom of the Opera, the movies are strange but the book outdoes them all in that area). This is one instance in which the movie is actually better than the book (strangely enough).
A girl (Buttercup) and boy (Westley) fall in love and Westley had to go away for awhile. Buttercup is told Westley died and mourns for five years. Then the Prince of the kingdom decides to marry her (what right does she have to refuse?). A few days before the wedding, the soon to be princess is kidnapped. And so begins a series of adventures including (but not limited to) Westley (that’s not a spoiler because, if he were dead there wouldn’t even be a movie), the kidnappers, Prince Humperdink and more. Ending, inevitably, with true love and a happily ever after.
Here’s what I liked:
#1. The grandpa is awesome, hilarious and reminds me a lot of my grandpa.
#2. Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) is a great villain- short, funny without trying to be, almost the Johnny English of bad guys. It was ‘inconceivable’ how well he did. 😉
#3. I quite enjoyed the comraderie between Inigo Montoya and Fezzik.
#4. While Montoya is bent on revenge he doesn’t let it keep him from being a humorous character. Like when he offers a rope to the man in black. Or his story of how helping the man in black is a noble cause.
#5. Fezzik is a giant. My favorite scene with Fezzik in it is when he shows up at Miracle Max’s. Oh, and the part where he has to jog the albino’s memory.
#6. The man in black is witty, smart, almost scary in his persistence tracking the kidnappers. He was like D’Artagnan and Robin Hood combined (throw in Zorro’s mask and voila!). He carries on quite the engaging dialogue during his swordplay as well.
#7. Buttercup; well, she’s Buttercup. She’s not the brightest crayon in the box at times (ie: getting kidnapped, giving up Westley, trying to kill herself; just to name a few).
#8. Prince Humperdink and Count Rugen are just rotten. Why Humperdink wanted a war in the first place is beyond me…..
Rugen is cruel and rather creepy, especially in the dungeon.
#9. Miracle Max and Valerie are a rather strange combination.
#10. I loved the way the grandson kept interrupting the story to interpret and the grandpa gave his standard reply, “Maybe I should go.”
#11. I really enjoyed the dry humor….”you think a little head jiggle will make me happy, hmm?”
What I did not enjoy:
#1. The kissing, I did agree with the grandson on that point.
Now we did watch this with clearplay and it cuts out one significant scene (the one where she’s about to kill herself). The dialogue of which is, shall we say, weird. I give it 5 books for a well made, timeless movie.
Westley: “Do you always begin conversations this way?”
“You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die.”
“Get used to disappointment.”
“Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t believe they exist.”
“I pity you the headache you will have when you awake.”
“You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.”
Inigo Montoya: “I hate waiting.”
“You don’t perchance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?”
“Oh, but I must know…”
“But he is already dead.”
“This is a noble cause, sir.”
Buttercup: “I shall never love again.”(mostly because my brother once said this in all seriousness xD)
“Fine! Fine! Do it your way!”
“I’m just gonna have to get myself a new giant, that’s all.”
Fezzik: “My way isn’t very sportsman like.”
Max: “Are you a rotten liar.”
Humperdink: “I’m not quite sure I’m familiar with that phrase.”
The Princess Bride
This movie is, in my estimation, one of the best ever made (Second in rank is The Master Of Ballentrae starring Errol Flynn).
This movie has everything that is needed to make it great:
Humor (Lots of it!)
Action (You better believe it!)
Mush (Not needed to make it great in my opinion, but if you’re into that kinda stuff you can watch it.We usually skip the mush).
Excellent, easy to quote punch lines.
It has Wesley, the farm boy turned awesome ninja, dread pirate Roberts. If he can survive the fire swamp, he’s gotta be awesome.
It has Buttercup, bossy girl that loves Wesley. She’s brave, but could stand using her marbles at times (Example: Why stay at the castle and marry Humperdink when you can easily escape?).
It has Fezzini, brilliant mastermind who thinks he can out think anyone-he’s that smart-(in his estimation). His favorite word is inconceivable. No, really. It is inconceivable.
It has Inigo Montoya, the amazing (but not as good as Wesley) swordsman. He’s impatient, thoughtful, and persistent (Example: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You kill my father. Prepare to die.”).
It has Fezzik, the dumb, but lovable giant from Greenland who is often threatened with unemployment. He’s sweet, strong, and large.
It has Humperdink, the Prince, soon to be King guy that is also the villain.He’s cowardly, cruel, and (I hate to ruin the moment) silly. Not Larry Boy type silly. Plain, old fashioned, silly. You’ll get it when you watch the movie.
It has Miracle Max. You know, the guy the King’s stinking son fired? Yeah, that’s him. He has a strong dislike for Humperdink and a love for money and MLT’s (Mutton, lettuce, and tomatoes).
It has Valerie, Miracle Max’s wife. (She’s not a witch, she’s his wife!) She is kind and uses a unique logic.
It has good ole Grandpa. This guy is awesome. He drove all that way just to read his sick grandson a story, but doesn’t mind letting the boy know when he’s overstepping the boundaries.
It has the sick Grandson who dislikes all the kissing (good for you, kid!). Not very respectful, but the movie wouldn’t be the same without him.
While this movie is awesome, they had to taint it with some bad parts. 🙁
Bad Scene: After the wedding, Buttercup finds Wesley in her bedroom.
Bad Scene for younger kids: Wesley being tortured.
And quite a few bad words here and there.
If I haven’t convinced you that you must watch this movie, perhaps this will help: “Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…
Here’s the trailer.