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The Princess Bride (DVD, 2001)
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She gets kidnapped. He gets killed. But it all ends up okay. THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
Jan 23, 2010 (Updated Jan 23, 2010)
Review by Mark Vaughan
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Just about everything. No. Everything.
Cons:There are none worth mentioning. This is truly a masterpiece.
The Bottom Line: An enduring classic, it is chockfull of memorable lines and characters. I thought if fitting for my 900th review.
The Princess Bride (1987) Directed by Rob Riener.
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Miracle Max: Have fun stormin' da castle.
Valerie: Think it'll work?
Miracle Max: It would take a miracle.
Oh, what a hard choice, picking a quote from this movie! There are so many good ones...
Westley: Give us the gate key.
Yellin: I have no gate key.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
Yellin: Oh, you mean *this* gate key.
But I chose that one because it has over the years become my group's way of saying, "Have a nice day at work."
This is a story within a story; the frame work is delightfully simple; a boy (Fred Savage) is sick at home, and his grandfather (Peter Falk) comes to visit, and read him a story. The movie is that book.
The Grandson: A book?
Grandpa: That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you.
The Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?
Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...
The Grandson: Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.
Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.
And the story unfolds; there was a girl, Buttercup (Robyn Wright) who enjoyed riding and bossing the farm boy Westley (Cary Elwes). Buttercup came to realize when Westley said: "As you wish." What he meant was, "I love you."
Westley left to make his fortune, and was promptly killed by pirates. ("Murdered by pirates is good...") Buttercup was crushed. But five years later, she finds herself engaged to the Prince of Florin, Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). She is far from happy, but resigned to her life. However, interesting times are in store for our princess to be, as she is kidnapped by Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) an evil genius in the long and illustrious career of war starting. With his henchmen, the giant Fezzik (André the Giant), and Spanish Duelist Inago Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), he whisks the princess away across eel infested waters towards the Cliffs of Insanity, closer towards Guilder, where her dead body will spark a war between that country and Florin.
But a mysterious man in black pursues them, and he is a most persistent fellow, a most persistent fellow named the Dread Pirate Roberts.
The story is a delightful swashbuckling tale of surprises, reversals, revenge, and true love. It has political overtones, social commentary, and tons of adventures to make it all go down. And revenge. Revenge is always good.
"Hello. My name is Inago Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Part of what works about the tale is it is a faery tale, and everyone knows it, and acts the part. From the somewhat stilted and hilarious dialogue, and the over the top action, it is all in good fun, and everyone knows it. The colours are rich, as are the textures. The characters are larger than life. The villains are truly morally bankrupt. The heroes are good and pure, and true. But they all keep an essential humanity that makes them approachable; even the villains.
Count Rugen: Ah. Are you coming down into the pit? Wesley's got his strength back. I'm starting him on the (torture) machine tonight.
Prince Humperdinck: [sincerely] Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I'm swamped.
Count Rugen: Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything.
Yes, they are callus, monstrous men ruled by ambition and lust for power. But they are friends.
But of course, the real story is in the real world, in the bantery interruptions of the Grandson into his Grandfather's tale.
Grandpa: It was ten days to the wedding. The King still lived, but Buttercup's nightmares were growing steadily worse.
The Grandson: See didn't I tell you she'd never marry that rotten Humperdinck.
Grandpa: Yes, you're very smart. Shut up.
Here is the real story; of a boy caught up in the images evoked by the spoken word, and a Grandfather's gift to his sick grandson; the gift of distraction.
The last lines....
The Grandson: Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again to me tomorrow.
Grandpa: As you wish.
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