Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest.

Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.

I’m sure I saw this on film when it was originally released, but have not seen it since. I did read the book in 2010 for the Sword and Laser podcast. But I didn’t think much of it. Mainly because the framing story of the Boy and his Grandfather was expanded in the novel and just detracted from the main fantasy story.

The film shows it’s age for a fantasy. Everything is perfectly lit and clean, unlike the modern grittier styles. The witty dialogue remains and this would be the main reason the film is so popular.

The other noticeable thing is the age of the main characters. Robin Wright was 21 and Cary Elwes 26 when they made this. They just seem too old for the characters they play. Nowadays they would have chosen teenagers. My favorite character was Wallace Shawn as  Vizzik, a rouge, thief, and professional liar. He is marvelously evil.