The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride

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A fairytale as told to a bedridden boy: the willowy Buttercup (Wright), destined as consort to the wicked Prince Humperdinck (Sarandon), is abducted and whisked through a series of life-threatening exploits and miscast comic cameos. The story, adapted from William Goldman's book, is partly a traditional fantasy, with a damsel in distress, dashing lover, evil villains, and lotsa monsters and swordfights, but also a knowing commentary on the conventions of all such tales. The tone falls disconcertingly between straight action adventure and anachronistic Jewish spoof; the leads are vacuous; the absurdities sometimes forced and obvious. Only Guest's sadistic Count Rugen and Patinkin's vengeful Spanish swordsman inject any real enthusiasm into the proceedings; but the film does exude a certain innocent, unassertive charm, and kids will probably love it.
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1987

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98 mins

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Dave

To anyone who says they didn't like this movie....I feel sorry for your husband/wife, for your life must be void, drab, and void of happiness. All I gotta say-

Dave

To anyone who says they didn't like this movie....I feel sorry for your husband/wife, for your life must be void, drab, and void of happiness. All I gotta say-

Vee

It's not as clever or funny or indeed charming as it thinks it is. The jewish humour vibe is maxed out and it gets a bit wearying after a while, especially when youve seen it done so much better in films like the Young Frankenstein. I find it very hard to laugh at comedy that is so clever-clever all the time.The lead couple actors are just flat, and no amount of swashbuckling around the screen can hide that. And it just ain't that funny, honestly, I didnt laugh out loud once despite wanting to. And that from someone who LOL'd at Night at the Museum! The cut-backs to the grandad reading to the kid on the bed is just a meaningless device to break up the monotomy of the main story. Its not an awful film, but the 'true love' concept that is supposed to win out in the end over all the irony never convinces.And for me thats the problem - the film parodies fairy stories but doesnt truly understand them which is a crucial mistake. If it did, then it'd be capable of leaving you with the emotional satisfaction that so many fairy stories did when you were a kid or do as an adult (see Toy Story). That it doesnt only makes the film seem more the fool after it has tired us and even itself of it's mockery.

Vee

It's not as clever or funny or indeed charming as it thinks it is. The jewish humour vibe is maxed out and it gets a bit wearying after a while, especially when youve seen it done so much better in films like the Young Frankenstein. I find it very hard to laugh at comedy that is so clever-clever all the time.The lead couple actors are just flat, and no amount of swashbuckling around the screen can hide that. And it just ain't that funny, honestly, I didnt laugh out loud once despite wanting to. And that from someone who LOL'd at Night at the Museum! The cut-backs to the grandad reading to the kid on the bed is just a meaningless device to break up the monotomy of the main story. Its not an awful film, but the 'true love' concept that is supposed to win out in the end over all the irony never convinces.And for me thats the problem - the film parodies fairy stories but doesnt truly understand them which is a crucial mistake. If it did, then it'd be capable of leaving you with the emotional satisfaction that so many fairy stories did when you were a kid or do as an adult (see Toy Story). That it doesnt only makes the film seem more the fool after it has tired us and even itself of it's mockery.

Andrew W.

I must've missed out on whatever hype a previous viewer was talking about. All I know is I laughed out loud more than once watching this. Very few movies can do that for me. This is a wonderful movie that takes great joy in being what it is... and brings the viewer along for the ride. Just check your cynicism at the door.

Andrew W.

I must've missed out on whatever hype a previous viewer was talking about. All I know is I laughed out loud more than once watching this. Very few movies can do that for me. This is a wonderful movie that takes great joy in being what it is... and brings the viewer along for the ride. Just check your cynicism at the door.

Pippa

It's true, Princess Bride is slapstick, silly and bright, but it's also witty, dark and wonderful. The characters could never be called vacuous. It's entirely sweet and funny, but watchable, even despite it's maudlin view on love.

Pippa

It's true, Princess Bride is slapstick, silly and bright, but it's also witty, dark and wonderful. The characters could never be called vacuous. It's entirely sweet and funny, but watchable, even despite it's maudlin view on love.

Oli

Are you kidding? The Princess Bride is funny, romantic, and exciting - how can you NOT like it?

Oli

Are you kidding? The Princess Bride is funny, romantic, and exciting - how can you NOT like it?

mary

thank you for not giving in and loving the princess bride. The hype alone is enough to make me want to vomit.

mary

thank you for not giving in and loving the princess bride. The hype alone is enough to make me want to vomit.

Jaske

you so jack, that movie was quite possibly the greatest movie ever made about a princess, pirate, spainiard, and rous'

Jaske

you so jack, that movie was quite possibly the greatest movie ever made about a princess, pirate, spainiard, and rous'