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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Movie Review:The Princess Bride

Premise:A grandfather reads his sick grandson a story about love and fighting.

Cast:Robin Wright as Buttercup, Cary Elwes as Westley, Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdink, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, André the Giant as Fezzik, Peter Falk as the grandfather, Fred Savage as the grandson, Wallace Shawn as Vizzini, Christopher Guest as Count Tyrone Rugen, Billy Crystal as Miracle Max

Director:Rob Reiner

MPAA Rating:PG

Genres:Romance, fantasy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good banter.

Cons:Flat protagonist.

They say true love conquers all. But what if things got a little complicated? Maybe your love got murdered and now you're engaged to the prince. And it doesn't stop there.

It's a little hard to talk about this movie's plot without spoiling it because of a twist early on. But that's not its real strength.The dialogue is the best thing about it, even with several lines having been over-quoted by now. The film is a bit hammy and childish, so don't take it too seriously. Just enjoy the banter.

On the minus side is the Princess Bride herself. Her only purpose or defining characteristic is loving Westley. There's nothing else to her, no hobbies or motivations, beyond being in love with him. She's pretty passive as well, playing into the distressed princess cliché.

Overall, it's the kind of movie that you have to see at least once.

Sex:A man remarks to a woman "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. T'would be a pity to damage yours." There's plenty of kissing throughout, much to the grandson's disgust (he's told one day he won't mind it so much). A man wishes a giant to dream of large women. A guy is shown shirtless. It's implied the king has a crush on his son's betrothed.

Violence:An evil plan involves murdering the princess and framing a rival kingdom, which would start a war. There are also sword fights, people getting knocked unconscious, fire geysers, and quite a bit of death. The heroes kill as often as the villains do.
People make references to murder and torture and detail a few such things. A giant rodent attacks a man and chews up his shoulder pretty badly. The fight ends with the creature catching fire and being stabbed to death.
A man is tortured to death. Two people go tumbling down a hill. An big eel chases and attacks someone. A man is instructed to hit a guy's head with a rock and tear someone's arms off. His boss tries and fails to thrown someone off a cliff.
Someone asks to be killed quickly. Suicide is planned and nearly carried out. A man raises his hand against a woman, but doesn't actually hit her (though he says he will next time). Someone is repeatedly rammed into rocks. People fall into a sandpit.

Drugs/Alcohol:There's a contest using poisoned wine. Cold medicine appears in the background. A guy was said to be too drunk to even order brandy when his boss found him. Someone is shown drunk, with his friend trying to sober him up.

Language/Insults:Two uses of "G*d" and one use each of "son of a b**ch" and "J*sus". Insults like "pig", "m*ron", "witch", "fool", etc., are said too.

Spiritual:A bishop with a famous speech impediment oversees a wedding. A man says he'd rather destroy a stained glass window than a skilled opponent. Fezzik decides to face an enemy honorably, the way God intended. Inigo prays to his father and talks about bringing the dead man's soul peace.

So what did you think?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

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