on April 23, 2004
This is a wonderful movie and has something for everyone. It's not about special effects or amazing visuals, some of the sets are pretty basic and look low budget. It isn't about clever plot twists or surprise endings, most viewers can guess how the movie will end when the movie opens. It is, however, a story about "true love" and the obstacles overcome in order to find it. Serious as that may sound, it is hardly the case. You could call this movie a "playful romp" and you would not be far off. In no way does this movie ever take itself seriously, and that is a lot of the fun. Even more, it is the supporting characters and cameos that really make this movie. It is a veritable "Who's Who" of comic actors that will leave you smiling well after the end. The movie is both touching and entertaining. If you need special effects and intricate plots, nudity, sex and violence, then this is not what you are looking for. If, however, you enjoy entertaining characters and a wonderful story, then this is it! Do yourself a favor and RENT this movie now! You won't be sorry.
on January 13, 2004
A classic movie with wit and charm in abundance. This is one of 'those' movies that have such memorable lines that they become part of pop culture. It's a fantasy story about a farm boy (Cary Elwes) who is a servant to a beautiful girl (Robin Wright Penn). He is poor and loves her dearly and she comes to love him. In order to provide for her, he sets off to make his fortune... and the story goes from there.
It is full of quick wit and humor, with cameo appearances by Billy Crystal as 'Miracle Max.' The line of humor tends to be somewhere in the neighborhood of Monty Python, especially in the realm of quotable lines, and Mel Brooks, all with the classic Rob Reiner touches. Cary Elwes does a fine job of being very dry in delivery of his lines while Mandy Patinkin gives a most excellent performance as the mercenary swordsman/ex-drunk in search of vengeance for the killer of his father. It's a flight of fancy that is sure to please if you have a bit-o-wit to keep up with the fine dialogue.
A definite winner.
on November 25, 2003
The movie starts out with Peter Falk visiting his grandson (Fred Savage) who is sick in bed. To help pass the time, he is going to read him the story of The Princess Bride. The story centers around a girl named Buttercup ( Robin Wright Penn). She is in love with a farmboy named Wesley ( Carey Elwes). He says that he has to leave to make his fortune so that he can return and marry her. However, a lot of time passes, and Buttercup assumes that Wesley is dead. Unfortunately, Wesley finally returns after she has already agreed to marry the evil Prince Humperdink ( Chris Sarandon). Along the way Wesley fights and eventually becomes friends with a giant played by Andre the Giant, and a very talented swordsman Inigo Montoya played by Mandy Patakin. The three use their skills to try and save the princess from making a mistake and to reunite her with her Wesley.
The Princess Bride is a movie that you can watch time and time again and it will still be enoyable. In my opinion, it gets better after each time that you see it. It is an amazing tale filled with fantasy, adventure, and perhaps one of the most well executed romance stories of all time. Cary Elwes, Billy Crystal, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patakin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, Robin Wright Penn, and Fred Savage make up the great cast. The Princess Bride brings you adventure, fantasy, an incredible romance story, and a great cast all tied up into one unforgettable film. If there was ever a film that you needed to own on DVD, it was this one. I was extremely happy when it was re-released with the Special Edition. The special features make a very nice addition and let you see the film in a whole new light. I highly recommend this DVD!!
on October 18, 2003
If you have ever heard someone say - somewhat dramatically - "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." This is the movie from which that immortal line came.
The Princess Bride is a bedtime story read to Peter Falk when he was a child and now he is reading it to his grandson played by Fred Savage. Savage is fantastic as he goes from enduring his grandfather's visit in the beginning to earnestly protesting plot line injustices as the storytelling progresses. The transition from Falk's bedside reading, which is only a few short scenes, to the actual story is amazing - really brings something out in the story.
The story itself is of the love of Buttercup (Robin Penn) and her father's hired hand, Wesley (Cary Elwes). Costuming makes the time setting look like the Robin Hood time frame. When Wesley goes off to make a means for himself so he can come back and marry Buttercup, he is kidnapped by the Dread Pirate Roberts who takes no prisoners. Wesley assumed dead, it is arranged that Buttercup will marry Prince Humperdink (Chris Sarandon), who is a scheming prince planning to spark a war by orchestrating Buttercup's death and framing the neighboring country, Gilda. Meanwhile, Wesley turns back up and thinks that Buttercup has betrayed him. He pursues her and rescues her from Humperdinks agents, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). Realizing the misunderstanding, they are freshly in love but the double faced Humperdink attempts to come between them and continue his plans for his bride's demise. It is only true love that can defeat their dire situation and some strange alliances that can defeat his plans. Billy Crystal plays a wonderful Miracle Max with Carol Kane as his wife.
This is a heartwarming story that is wonderful at any age and one that you are sure to watch over and over again.
on September 27, 2003
This delightful fairytale is one of those wonderful childhood memories and a joy for the whole family. With a great mix of humor, blatant melodrama, loads of adventure, and a magnificent cast, "The Princess Bride" really has it all.
The movie is narrated by a Grandpa (Peter Falk) telling a bedtime story to his grandson (Fred Savage.... you know, the 'Wonder Years' kid). The star of the show is Cary Elwes, who plays the simple stable boy Westley that falls madly in love with Buttercup (Robin Wright). The lovers are separated of course, and Westley is presumed dead, lost at sea. Buttercup, now engaged to the thoroughly evil Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped by a motley band of rogues with the mysterious Dread Pirate Roberts (*coughs* Westley anyone?) in hot pursuit.
The ensuing misadventures and comedy make for a memorable movie experience that can be repeatedly enjoyed. This isn't the most amazing movie ever made, but it is mostly amazing, and highly reccomended.
on September 14, 2003
Almost everything , scratch that, absolutely everything about "The Princess Bride" is pure, shimmering gold. William Goldman (All The Presidents' Men) penned a classic script, filled with breezy humor, excitement and a lot of wit. Its perfectly complemented by the always pitch-perfect direction of Rob Reiner, who has fun with the material without once neglecting the very original story given him by Goldman. And who isn't amused by Cary Elwes as a stable boy turned pirate turned hero, Chris Sarandon as the wily and coniving Prince Humberdink, Robin Wright Penn (Forrest Gump) as the beautiful and touching Buttercup and Andre the Giant, who shares the best lines and gags with Cary Elwes. How can you not chuckle at their fight in a field as Elwes tries to save buttercup or when Andre bellows "Anybody want a peanut?!"
The story of the film is so involved and, surprinsgly complicated, that it is hard to believe they crammed it into a little over 90 minutes of running time and still made it coherrent, but Rob Reiner excels at those sort of films ("When Harry met Sally..." anyone?). The story begins as Elwes and Penn are in love and Elwes goes off to seek his fortune but is supposedly killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Prince Humberdink then takes Buttercup as his-bride-to-be before Buttercup is kidnapped by a rag-tag group of crooks. To really reveal anymore would be to spoil a classic and wondrous film that still resonates with as many repeat viewings as you desire. Yeah, it's that good.
on June 6, 2003
Who would have thought with a title like "The Princess Bride" that I would be introduced to this film by my 4 sons who had played it over and over again? The title had me thinking that it was a chick film, but with 4 males from 18 down to 4 watching it over and over again, it had to be something more. I sat down, and was pleasantly surprised with a tale of swashbuckling adventure, with unapologetically cartoonish characters. The tale is narrated at times by a grandfather portrayed by Peter Falk as he is reading this tale to his cynical grandson, played by a young Fred Savage.
When the tale goes beyond the realm acceptable by a reasonable person, the grandson complains to the grandfather, who always offers to quit reading the story, but gives enough of a teaser as to leave his grandson begging for more.
Is this movie silly? YES, YES, YES! Is it fun? YES! With the magical cast assembled here, they can take this preposterous tale and make it sing. If you cannot suspend your sense of disbelief for the duration of a movie, get something else, heavier and darker. If you want a cute little diversion of a movie, pop this one in. It is a fun, up-beat, fast paced movie.
As I detest spoilers I won't give you any more plot elements, but rest assured, the ending is good. Don't be surprised if little boys in your household start yelling, "I'm Inigo Montoya, you killed my father. Prepare to die!" and jumping about the house. (After hearing that line a few hundred times I had to see the movie.)
Does anyone NOT love this movie? Whenever the title of this movie is mentioned, there's always a chorus of people responding that it's one of their all-time favorites. "The Princess Bride" is a now-classic tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about adventure, danger, true love, and Sicilians who talk too much.
A bored little boy (Fred Savage) who is sick in bed, is told a story by his quirky grandfather (Peter Falk) -- a story of adventure, pirates, revenge, true love, giants and treachery. Westley, a clever stableboy (Carey Elwes) falls in love with the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright, in her first role), but is apparently killed when he goes to seek his fortune. Buttercup is heartbroken. But a few years later, she is unwillingly affianced to the charmingly evil Prince Humperdinck. One day, when riding, she is kidnapped by a trio of mercenaries who plan to start a war by blaming another kingdom for her death.
But things go wrong for the mercenaries -- a mysterious masked man is following them, and he knows quite a bit about Westley's fate. No sooner has Buttercup discovered that he actually IS Westley than Humperdinck brings his "princess bride" back to the castle. Westley, pleasant giant Fezzik, and a vengeance-seeking Spaniard Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) must find a way to rescue Buttercup and deal with Humperdinck.
Movies very, very rarely are as good as people say they will be. Usually you'll be let down. But "Princess Bride" is unique on its own -- rarely is there so much good acting, good scripting, good direction and such humor. What's more, like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," it's also become a source of endless quotations -- lines like "Inconceivable!" "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," "I'm not left-handed!" and "As you wish" are more or less immortalized now. And while it's a solid story, director Rob Reiner keeps it light and funny.
Usually (though not always) movies are best when adapted by the author, and Goldman did a superb job keeping the grim moments lighter than they would have otherwise been. ("We'll never make it through!" "Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has") Reiner also keeps the direction fast-paced, never quite letting it descend to open comedy but merely keeping it deadpan.
Carey Elwes is extremely good as Westley; he seems to be winking at the audience all through the movie. Mandy Patinkin is amazing as the discouraged Spaniard who's been seeking revenge for twenty years; Andre the Giant is great as Fezzik; Wallace Shawn is uproariously funny as the brainy, shrill-voiced Sicilian Vizzini. And Billy Crystal makes a brief but insanely good appearance as the Miracle Man, an embittered medieval healer with a very peeved wife (Carol Kane, who steals the scene with her shrieks of "Liar!").
For fans of romance, there's Westley and Buttercup; for fans of villains, there's Christopher Guest's Count Rugen (deliciously casual in his evil); for fans of adventure there's swordfights, wrestling, and three men storming a castle. And for those who love comedy, there's the Miracle Man and the clergyman with a speech impediment ("Mawiage: that bwesed awangement, that dweam wifin a dweam.")
This movie has got it all, and people love all it's got. The unlikely heroes and very funny dialogue make this a modern classic. A must-see.
on April 27, 2003
1987: It was inevitable. William Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride" would become a hit film. It has everything the novel had and is captivating from start to finish. Starring Robin Wright in her cinematic debut, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage and 80's wrestling legend Andre the Giant. Based on thes novel, and following it almost to the letter, it's a worthy addition to your film collection. If you are a fan of romance, high adventure and fantasy, this will be a treat. The parody elements, which are humorous, remains as William Goldman intended when he wrote his satire, but much of the charm in the film come from the storybook treatment. This does not mean, however, that is only to be enjoyed by a younger audienc. Indeed, everyone can benefit from "The Princess Bride", regardless of age.
Peter Falk plays Grandpa, who comes to entertain his grandson (played by Fred Savage otherwise known to many as Kevin Arnold from the hit 80's series "The Wonder Years") who is bedridden with a cold. Relunctant at first, skeptical that a story with the name "The Princess Bride" can hardly be entertaining to a young boy his age and even worse he asks "Is this as kissing book ?." Eventually, he is won by the high adventure and even the romantic elements at the very end.
Cary Elwes (Robin Hood Men In Tights) plays Wesley, the poor stable boy who falls in love with the beatiful Buttercup (Robin Wright). Wesley seeks his fortune in America and when he does not return, Buttercup fears the worst- he must have been captured and killed by the dread pirate Roberts. Later on, the vainglorious, selfish and wicked Prince Humperdinck makes Buttercup his fiancee and takes her to his castle. When Buttercup is kidnapped by an Italin genius named Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and a light-headed giant (Andre the Giant), she is saved by a masked stranger after overcoming such daring escapes from the Cliffs of Insanity and a Fire Swamp. The masked stranger is revealed to be none other than the very much alive Wesley. But Prince Humperdinc imprisons him and tortures him and is determined to go on with the wedding. But because he knows Buttercup does not return his love, in a fit of jealousy and madness, he intends to have her killed. The good guys, of course, will win. Wesley will triumph and at his side the heroic Spaniard Inigo Montoya (played by Mandy Patinkin).
On DVD, the film is an experience all over again. If you watched the theatrical release back in 1987, lots of memories will re-emerge. It is a classic, to be enjoyed by the young and old for generations to come. The book was'nt bad either.
on March 7, 2003
Buttercup and Westley have something very rare -- true love. Then, as befitting a good adventure, Westley goes off to make his fortune and is kidnapped by pirates while Buttercup is coerced into marrying the nasty Prince Humperdinck. Will they find each other again?
Peter Falk is a grandfather reading this story to his grandson (Fred Savage), at home sick in bed, and the narrative is occasionally interrupted by the grandson's incredulity or despair over turns of event. As the tale is told, the youngster learns to appreciate the magic of reading, and director Reiner has captured this lovely and essential aspect of the novel.
He has also assembled a superb and flawless cast. Everyone is fantastic (though the ubiquitous lisps and accents can be distracting) and Goldman's script is delightful. From leads Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, to secondary parts by Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn and Christopher Guest, and appearances by Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, each part is performed superbly. Special effects are not brilliant but neither do they detract from a story in which the emphasis is on telling a magical tale. Mark Knopfler's score is quite beautiful and suits the mood of the film very well.
Author William Goldman waited over ten years to have this film made, but the wait was worthwhile; likewise, many fans of The Princess Bride, disappointed with the previous bare-bones dvd, will find the wait for this terrific special edition worthwhile. This edition includes foreign and domestic theatre trailers as well as three television spots; 88 photos, categorized as True Love, Buttercup, Westley, Behind-the-Scenes, SFX, etc.; an 8-minute 1987 featurette about the film; a 7-minute 1987 "making of" featurette; a 4-minute Cary Elwes video diary, featuring footage shot by the actor on the set; two new commentary tracks, one by director Rob Reiner and one by author/screenwriter William Goldman; and a new 27-minute documentary, As You Wish, featuring the cast, crew and author. All of these extras are worthwhile and will add to your enjoyment of the film. We hear about casting decisions, locations, Elwes' and Patinkin's devotion to learning fencing, that the costumer had previously worked on Lawrence of Arabia and the production designer had done Brazil, and many other interesting details. The film can be heard in English or Spanish, and subtitles are available in English, French or Spanish.
Caveat: Though this is a fairy tale of sorts, the material is sometimes too intense for young children. There is a torture scene, a violent duel ending in death, shrieking eels and Rats of Unusual Size. Share this special film with your kids after middle school has toughened them up a bit.
This is the dvd edition fans have been waiting for. Highest recommendation.