Monday, March 12, 2012

Movie of the Week – The Princess Bride

This week’s movie is The Princess Bride (1987).

The adventure romance is about the truelove between a farm boy (Wesley) and Buttercup (a beautiful young girl). When Wesley goes off to make enough money to marry Buttercup, she finds out that he was murdered by the Dread Pirate Roberts and vows to never love again. Years pass and Buttercup is taken by the prince of the land to marry (though she does not love him), but it stolen by three mercenaries plotting to start a war between neighboring countries. Yet, a mysterious man follows them. The Princess Bride is one of my adored childhood favorites, and one of the few that holds up just as well today (it is still among my all-time favorite films). Director Rob Reiner had a number of classics between 1984-1992 (chiefly This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally…, and Misery), however this is his masterpiece. The script is brilliant with some of my favorite dialog in cinema history – funny and witty. Master scriptwriter William Goldman (known for: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the Presidents Men and many others) may have also down his finest work with this film. The film has a great score by rocker Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits), beautiful cinematographer from Adrian Biddle and perfect production design from Norman Garwood. The cast is also fantastic. It stars Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, with Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Mel Smith, Carol Kane, and Billy Crystal in support. The Princess Bride is endlessly quotable, features tons of brilliant scenes and is one of the most beloved films of the 1980s. It is a must-see. Check out the trailer.

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