The Princess Bride – review

Robb Reiner directs this fantasy anthology story, told by a grandfather who tells his sick grandson a story called The Princes Bride, the film stars Cary Elwes, Mandy Pantikin, Robin Wright, André The Giant.

One of the funniest fantasy films of all time, The Princess Bride is a fantastical and fun affair, a tale told by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his grandson (Fred Savage), following a story of love as noble swordsman Westley (Cary Elwes) searches for the love of his life the princess bride (Robin Wright), he’s accompanied by Fezzik (André the Giant) and they run across Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). A very family friendly, fun adventure with an unapologetic comedic tone and feeling of absurdity to things, things play out like a kids fairytale with the stories, characters and animals featured.

And the film is genuinely pretty funny as well, jokes hit well and the characters themselves are memorable, funny and have some great dialogue, a credit to the films solid writing, the characters are most of what makes the film so fun with characters like Westley, the fair, noble and wise swordsman, winning with wit and confidence, funnily as opposed to strength, in contrast to Fezzik – played by André the Giant. And opposed to impetuous and drive, embodied in Inigo Monyota, out on a one man mission to avenge his murdered family members, the characters intentions and differing motivations make for interesting interactions and a fun crossing together of personalities.

Also the situations the characters get themselves into add quite a lot of laughs, especially in the first half with Westley and the Princess, things don’t exactly run as you’d expect them to between them and that playing on expectations is another feature that makes things pretty enjoyable, if you think this is a traditional story of a noble prince rescuing a princess and riding off into the sunset, it’s not, well not exactly. Subverting tropes and expectations is key here, playing on well established fantasy story stereotypes and expectations, the prince for example is a bit of a buffoon and far from perfect, beating obstacles in humorous, rather sill ways but still going along a heroes journey in a sense.

The style of the film is quite a fun one, a light tone underlines everything even when things feel to get a bit dark, even with extended action scenes with the dialogue present, the comedy is definitely an ever present feature and that’s because no one is really that serious and you can tell the actors are quite enjoying themselves, especially in the more absurd scenarios and scenes, which definitely translates to the viewer I feel, with this being a film that’s very easy to sit back and enjoy. The bad guys present also make for a fun aspect to the story, borderline mustache twirling in their plans and the way their talk, obviously amped up to play to the films over the top style, characters like Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) make for a fun contrast to the stories good guys. The result is a memorable, tongue very firmly in cheek fantasy comedy and a highlight of the 80s for sure with some great writing, well done humour and good casting, one of the better comedy films in recent decades.

7/10

. Genuinely funny dialogue and situations characters find themselves in

. Great character interaction, good writing

. Nice feeling of fun to the plot, brought out in great characters

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