My love is like a storybook story…

DVD Review – The Princess Bride


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This is a story about a story and there is a happy ending in both stories.

The Princess Bride is a movie that has it all. It’s based on the novel by William Goldman and includes a sweet romance, fantasy, witty characters, and some action. The movie perfectly balances the many different genres.

The movie starts with a grandfather (Peter Falk) is reading his grandson (Fred Savage) a story about a pirate who is separated from his true love. Westley, the pirate (Carey Elwes) encounters tons of obstacles and enemies to find her. The obstacles include a sword-fight with Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), a fistfight with a giant named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), a battle of wits with the overconfident Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), the Fire Swamp, the Pit of Despair, and the Machine.

A character I really liked was Buttercup (Robin Wright) because she was a strong independent female lead. Even though there are all these villains and obstacles, she never seems afraid. Instead of giving up after being kidnapped, she jumps into the water and is prepared to swim all the way to land. That is, until she finds out it’s infested with shrieking eels. I also liked how there were side stories, such as Inigo Montoya who was trying to kill the man who killed his father decades earlier.

True love was a very big theme in the movie, Westley faces many obstacles just to see his true love again. A quote representing this is “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”

I thought the movie was very funny, especially the scenes with the Man in Black fighting Inigo Montoya, Vizzini, and Fezzik. Overall, I really enjoyed watching the movie and I found it very entertaining. It’s a fun movie to watch no matter how old you are so definitely give it a watch!