REVIEW: The Princess Bride (1987)

princess_bride_xlgThe Princess Bride is a fairy tale of princes and giants and love and revenge. Buttercup (Robin Wright) is set to marry Prince Humperdink (Chris Sarandon), even though her heart belongs to another, when she’s kidnapped by Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Fezziik (Andre the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Many Patinkin). This sets off a chain of events and adventure.

I read and reviewed the book by William Goldman last year and while I liked it, I was often confused by it. So I thought it was time to watch the film adaptation and see what I thought of that.

The way in which the story is told and often interrupted by the Grandfather and the Grandson (Peter Falk and Fred Savage) works a lot better in the film than it did in the book. Also the way it’s narrated adds a certain charm to the story and makes it seem more like the fairy tale it’s trying to be.

I liked Inigo and Fezzik a lot when I read the book and they continued to be my favourite things about the film. Both actors did a great job in their roles. In fact I thought the whole cast was pretty great as Wesley’s (Cary Elwes) often ridiculously charming or witty lines from the book, didn’t feel as grating when said by Elwes. Also Buttercup didn’t seem nearly as whiny as in the book.

The Princess Bride is a comedy-adventure but the comedy didn’t always appeal to me – that may be because I’m in my early 20’s when it’s supposed to be a family film or it could be my sense of humour, I’m not sure. I did love Billy Crystal’s appearance as Miracle Max and the scenes with him and his wife (Carol Kane) actually made me laugh out loud while other moments just made me smile.

I know The Princess Bride is often seen as a bit of a classic, especially with a certain generation, but as I did not grow up watching the film I feel the same way I did when I watched Labyrinth (1986) for the first time last year – I like it well enough, some bits made me laugh or smile and I liked some of the characters, but I did not fall in love with it to the extreme that many who have watched it from childhood have. I’d definitely say check The Princess Bride out as it is an easy to watch film with some humour and a nice story but if it does not hold the nostalgic value then you may not love it as much as the internet suggests you should. 3/5.

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5 comments

    1. Yeah I tend to always try and read the book first – though it doesn’t always work. The Princess Bride is certainly one of the most faithful book-to-film adaptation’s I’ve seen.
      Thank you very much 🙂

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