The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride: a beautiful princess is captured and her childhood sweetheart (now a pirate!) must embark on a quest to save her. What elevates this above all other films in this genre is a high-quality script that’s saturated with witty, understated and dry jokes that you could easily miss. There’s also some rather good action for a motherflippin’ fairytale – the swordfights are all decent – first proper one in particular is immense – and we get to see WWF star Andre the Giant get sleeper’d out!!!WTF!!! As you’d expect, the acting’s quite hammy – although Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) is an absolutely legendary comedy character – for expressions and use of language alone. There’s a cheap / budgety vibe given off by the sub-standard scenery and props; which combined with everything above creates more charm than most high-end films could wish for. The Princess Bride most reminded me of the fabulous TV series Blackadder in that its ‘historical’, hysterical in parts, and much smarter & aware than it first appears. Definitely one of the best anti / post-modern fairytales I’ve seen!

Score: 7/10


Hello. My Name is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare to die

  1. Dan said:

    As someone who can’t stand this film I feel I in a group that is growing smaller everyday.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yea, I’ll never defend it to the death, or in a brawl. Was expecting a bit more from it, given that it’s one of those ‘Must See’ films, but hey, it’s certainly not the worst.


  2. Nostra said:

    I loved this movie (watched some months ago) and it was so much fun. Also liked the fact that it had some scary moments but pulled out to the grandfather reading the story to allow the kids to remember that it’s a story and that the kid that is listening has the same feelings.


  3. Must fight temptation to link to my blog. Must not spam. GRARAGAHHHH….


    I just wrote 1,500 words on why I feel this movie is so great. Ran it Sunday. I have to say… people really like this one. There was a pretty unanimous chorus of love for it…


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