The Eighties can bring back a lot of memories for the X generation that grew up in it. There was the famous white glove from Micheal Jackson, the big hair bands, wrestling legends like Andre the Giant, and good movies that made the audience want to fall in love with legends and fairy tales all over again. The Princess Bride enticed audiences in 1987 with a familiar story line and a cast of well-known faces, one being the Eighth Wonder of the World, himself, Andre the Giant.
This film that is directed by Rob Reiner, has a few twists and turns as fairy tales may go, but starts out with a boy played by Fred Savage, who is sick at home, and has his grandfather, played by Peter Falk, read him a tale about a princess named Buttercup who falls in love with a farm boy in a book called The Princess Bride. The story line is not something that one would view as a classic fairy tale, in fact, it is far from it. Princess Buttercup is saddened at first to find out that her true love was lost at sea. She reluctantly becomes engaged to a prince that was planning her demise so he could rule over another kingdom.
Buttercup is then kidnaped and comes face to face with The Dread Pirate Roberts who lets her know that her true love, Westley was dead by his hand. Roberts, unbeknown to Buttercup, was actually a heartbroken Westley in disguise who claims that “Life is hard, and if anyone tells you differently, they are trying to sell you something.” This statement is put to the test when they both fall in love again and attempt to flee from the prince. Things become worse when their love goes up against some RUS’s (Rodents of Unusual Size), a Giant, and a vengeful swordsman. But the playing field evens out once Billy Crystal (Miracle Max) performs his miracle on a prince that fired him long ago.
This hour and thirty eight minute movie is jam packed with humor and fun while still being tasteful for the young and young at heart. There are a few scenes that may be a bit too violent for the littlest lovers of fairy tales, however, this movie will have you saying to the older ones, “As you wish”, when they ask you to play The Princess Bride again and again.
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