Let’s just get it out of the way, this is not a new movie. I am reviewing the original 1987 version of Princess Bride. Why? Because its brilliant and there has never been a remake, at least not that I know of. I want to make sure that the two people who have not seen this movie, track it down and watch it. It has been released on both DVD and Blu-Ray. I have it on DVD, but plan on finding it on Blu-Ray. This is honestly one of the all time classics.
The story is really a simple premise: a gallant hero and his misfit friends go to rescue the princess. You have seen it and played it many times before. Once you start watching, you don’t care that you have seen it before. It’s the quick wit and cast of characters that keep you watching. Everyone plays their part so well that you get absorbed in their world. You have our gallant Hero Wesley (Cary Elwes), who is not only daring but extremely smart. The princess (Robin Wright) who is not only beautiful, but brave and fiery. This is no wimpy princess who keeps being moved to another castle (i.e. Princess Peach). Probably my favorite character is Inigo Montoya (played by the brilliant Mandy Patinkin), who is after the six fingered man count Rugen (Christopher Guest). Andre the Giant (a pro wrestler back in the 80’s) played a Giant named Fezzik. He wasn’t the best actor, but his character was very endearing. There were so many great characters from Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) to Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and many others too numerous to mention in one short review.
SPOILERS. No really, if you don’t want any spoilers, do not read below. I am about to mention some of my favorite parts of the movie.
There were many great parts, but a few really stood out. When Wesley was challenged to a battle of wits with the brilliant Sicilian, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), it was hilarious! And once again, the wit of this movie was in full effect anytime Inigo Montoya was on screen. When Inigo and Fezzik were rhyming in the boat, and Vizzini got frustrated and shouted “No more rhymes now I mean it!” and they responded, “anybody want a peanut?”. There were so many great lines. I don’t want to give them all away, so end of spoilers.
If you have not seen this movie, you owe it to yourself to see it. There are so many quotable lines in this movie, it’s ridiculous. This movie just makes me happy. I don’t know if I can sum it up better then that. Anytime the movie comes on T.V. or someone pops it in the DVD player, I sit down and watch the whole thing, no matter what I’m doing. I have never meet anyone who does not like this movie. I have also never meet anyone who hasn’t heard of this movie. This is one of those movies that should never be remade, because its perfect the way it is.
Final rating 10/10 (like you didn’t know)
Family friendly rating 10/10
There was nothing offensive or bad in this movie, at all. Except maybe that rat, who looked a lot like a man in a rat suit crawling around in the dirt. Watch this movie. If you have kids, watch it with your kids.