The Princess Bride

by Erik

The Classic Poster for The Princess Bride

The Classic Poster for The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride, like many great films is based on a novel. The original novel has the same title and was written by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay for the film version.

Along with being based on a novel, the movie itself is based on the idea of a grandfather (Peter Falk) reading a story to his sick grandson (Fred Savage). What’s fantastic about this is that the original narrative style is maintained, making this movie a joy to watch for the kids in all of us.

The Princess Bride is directed and produced by one of my all time favorite filmmakers, Rob Reiner. (of “Meathead” All in the Family fame) Since his elevation to director I’ve simply adored everything he’s produced, and I for one am very glad he’s one of the folks out there making films.

There are so many things about this movie I love that it’s difficult to focus on any one thing, but I’ll make the attempt for the sake of this review.

I think one of my favorite things about The Princess Bride would have to be the settings in which the story takes place. This may seem odd to you in view of all the craziness and wonderful characters in the film, but for me the backdrops of just about every scene are nothing short of breathtaking. Yes, there’s lots of comedy, adventure and romance going on, and they are fantastic, but looking at the beauty of Florin, the Cliffs of Insanity, the Castle and the awesome Fall splendor portrayed in this film make me long to be there every time.

I could describe the plot to you here, but I feel strongly that if you’ve not seen this film yet – MARCH RIGHT OUT NOW AND SEE THIS MOVIE!

I hope that was clear.

I’m sure you can get this movie on both DVD and VHS at most local libraries, and if not, or you’re simply not a library type of gal or guy, it is readily available wherever movies are sold. For your convenience, I’ve listed some of the more popular and fairly priced options below.

As far as the characters, I adore them all, but if I had to choose a favorite I’d go with Fezzik (Andre the Giant). I’ve always been a huge fan of “gentle giants,” and if Fezzik’s photo is not there upon looking “gentle giant” up in the dictionary, Mr. Webster needs to get that corrected right away.

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