Monday, 15 October 2012

The Princess Bride (1987)

So yesterday I re-watched this and it amazed me how good a film it actually is. I mean, the fact it is set as someone reading the book to their sick grandchild is just pure genius in the first place, then having such an amazing script as well as brilliant casting... this is a film which truly has it all.

The plot

Now, from the title you're probably expecting the main protagonists to be a prince and princess- but they aren't. It starts of with love, then loss, then forced marriage and love again. But between the lovey-mushy bits lie awesome action sequences and brilliant trickery. I think IMDB really does a good job of summarising it in calling the film "A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather)." Found here.

Our characters
Buttercup and Westley
Our main characters, Buttercup and Westley (or the farm couple) are introduced in the beginning. The story continues and Westley goes off to seek his fortune so that he and Buttercup may marry- unfortunately, he ends up... dead.

We then have the illustrious Prince Humperdink (best name EVER) who sees Buttercup's beauty and decides that she will be his wife... and that he's going to murder her. 

We also have Inigo Montoya, a Spaniard out for revenge; Fezzik, a large man with a large amount of strength and Vizzini, the plotter- this trio kidnaps the Princess on her engagement day, but they are defeated by a mysterious stranger. 

In less major characters, the most important is probably Count Tyrone Rugen who is the man Inigo has sworn to kill. Oh and there's also The Impressive Clergyman, who I have mentioned purely for the comedy he brings in.

Overall opinion.

Overall, I would say that this film is amazing- for both the young (not too young, there is some blood) and old- if you enjoy a good plot with great scripting (and who doesn't?) then this is the film for you!


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