Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Favorites: The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Recommended For: Ages 8 to Adult

Rating: PG (for swashbuckling violence, some sensuality, and brief language.)

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...The Princess Bride has got it all. Don't miss out on this hilarious classic that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering at the inconceivable end.

Oh, my goodness, this is such a good movie is a surprise everyone hasn't seen it. It's not a movie to be taken seriously, though. That'll take away all your enjoyment of it. It's just such a fun tongue-in-cheek movie with so many great quotable lines. If you see this movie, you'll either love it or you're wrong.

How do I start? The Princess Bride has so many facets to the story it's amazing. It's a comedy, a romance, an adventure, a revenge story, and so much more. And it's so enjoyable and unique. From the R.O.U.S.s to The Machine to Miracle Max to Prince Humperdinck, this story has things you won't see anywhere else.

The humor. Just. Wow. The movie's chock full of it. "True love is the best thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT. Mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe." "Thievery. You are trying to kidnap what I have rightfully stolen." "Common blunders. Most common of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly lesser known is never get involved with a Sicilian when death is on the line!" It's just hilarious to the nth degree.

The characters. Westley, the farm boy who loves Buttercup and goes out to seek his fortune, and who consequently gets killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Buttercup, the princess bride engaged to Prince Humperdinck. Fezzik, the lovable and friendly giant. Inigo Montoya, the fiery Spaniard bent on avenging his father's death. Vizzini, the clever and diabolical Sicilian who will do anything for money. Prince Humperdinck, who wants to start a war with Guilder so much that he'll kill his own wife to do it. Count Rugen, the evil man who loves causing people pain, and who invented The Machine to do so better than ever. And the mysterious Man in Black that follows them around. Can't forget him. He's actually very important.

The story. Well...It's kind of a satire, kind of serious, kind of comedic, and kind of something else. It's...well, inconceivable, as a matter of fact.

In short, this is a movie everyone should see at least once. Warning, it does have one bad word in it (that I always forget about until it happens in the movie) but under the circumstances, I can't blame the character at all for using it. So, I'm off to show The Princess Bride to a friend for the first time while watching it for the millionth time myself. It'll be awesome fun. And I expect you all to go watch it again as well. So goodbye, and have fun stormin' the castle!


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