Bar none, the greatest movie of all time.
||HELL YES!!!!! (To the
power of infinity.)
Is this a kissing book?
There’s not a lot of money in revenge.
My way’s not very sportsman-like..
Please consider me as an alternative to suicide.
Have fun storming the castle!.
You've been chasing me your whole life only to
fail now? I think that's about the worst thing
I've ever heard. How marvelous.
II could go on. Indeed, was ever a movie so endlessly
quotable as The Princess Bride
? Businessman Joe Fox
(Tom Hanks) from You’ve Got Mail
that the answer to all of life’s questions can be found
inside The Godfather
, but that film’s omniscience
outshone by Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy
romance classic, in my estimation.
Can I trust someone in disguise?
You be careful. People in masks cannot be
What happens when you rush a miracle man?
You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.
Should I get involved in a land war in Asia?
Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
Again, I could go on.
At the heart of The Princess Bride
appeal (I’ve seen it at least 200 times, and plan to see it
at least another 200) is the touchingly simple true love
story of farm boy turned pirate, Cary Elwes as the
quick-witted Westley (“As you wish”) and peasant turned
princess, Robin Wright as Buttercup (“Well… you were
dead.”). It helps that both leads are impossibly beautiful
and that they are surrounded by a dizzying array of quirky
characters portrayed unerringly by one of the most
flawlessly assembled cast of actors ever to grace our
screens. From Christopher Guest as the sadistic Count Rugen
(“Stop saying that!”) to Peter Cook as a speech-afflicted
priest (“Mawwage.”), to Carol Kane as the shrill-voiced
magician’s wife Valerie (“I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”)
to Mandy Patinkin as the world’s greatest swordsman (you
killed his father, prepare to die), it is a panoply of
perfection that can be enjoyed again and again and again.
Narrator Peter Falk, playing the world’s greatest
grandfather (“She doesn’t get eaten by the eels at this
time”), does his best to sum up what this tale is about, to
wit: “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters,
chases, escapes, true love, miracles...” And that is all
true. But it is the humor of this movie, the ever-amusing
dialogue and beautifully shot scenes that make it an
enduring and eternal delight. William Goldman somehow turned
his dense and wordy novel into a sharp, snappy screenplay to
rival any ever written, which director Rob Reiner gave a
jovial and yet respectful treatment. Coming as he was off
Stand By Me
, and with This is Spinal Tap
in his then-recent back catalogue, The Princess Bride
could have ended up far too schmaltzy, or far too satirical.
Instead, it strikes the optimal balance between the sublime
and the ridiculous, and makes for an absolutely captivating
Anyone who has yet to see this movie is to be pitied, and
potentially scorned. Worse yet is anyone who has seen this
movie only once
. This film is an adventure to be
enjoyed early and often, and I cannot recommend it highly
enough. From the Shrieking Eels (“They always grow louder
when they're about to feed on human flesh.”) to the Cliffs
of Insanity (“Did I make it clear that you job
at stake?); from the Fire Swamp (“It’s not that bad. I’m not
saying I want to build a Summer home here, but the trees are
actually quite lovely.”) to the Pit of Despair (“Nobody
withstands The Machine.”); and from the Thieves Forest (“I
do not budge. Keep your ‘Ho there’.”) to Florin Castle (“To
the pain!”), it is simply the best movie ever
favorite movie ever.
To sum up, and to paraphrase the tale’s final lines:
since the invention of film, there have been five movies
rated the most rewatchable, the most fun. This one leaves
them all behind.