38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2004
I loved this movie when it came out and I love it now - it's lost none of it's charm and I find it just as funny now as back then.
Part of the success is a superb cast. Carey Elwes is underrated - he is a great comedic actor and also a very versatile character actor. He is sharp and on the ball in this movie - his delivery spot on.
BUT - even so, Mandy Patinkin steals the shows with his wonderful performance.
This movie has such a huge personality and you can tell everyone had great fun making it. They don't make them like this any more, sadly.
Do yourself a favour - buy a copy of this absolute honey of a movie. It has everything to offer and won't fail to charm and cheer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2002
If you are about to propose marriage to someone, ask them what they think of the Princess Bride. If they say they dont like after having watched it, then they rate among the people who didn't like Star Wars (the originals that is)
This film is not to be revered for its fairy tale setting, more for its razor sharp with which cuts through the tale like a grinning cat's claws through the tail of a tattered mouse.
Cary Elwes gives a stunning performance, and there are appearences from people like the late Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal. But this is not adding celebrities to boost ratings. on the contrary, this film was made before these people were famous.
However, I cannot stand in the way of you and a fine piece of film-making. Buy it! you will not be dissappointed.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2005
When I was a teenager I seemed to be the only person who had ever even heard of this film but it seems to have developed a cult following - and no wonder. It is exciting, romantic, funny and swashbuckling and appeals to the child in everyone. Credit must go to a superb cast, particularly an under-rated Cary Elwes as Westley who is funny, charming, tender and manly at the same time. And who else could look SO very good in those tight black trousers and leather boots! Caused my young heart to flutter no end! Shawn Wallace is hysterically funny as Vizzini, Robin Wright manages to be beautiful without being a barbie doll and Andre the Giant is perfectly cast. I also adored Peter Falk as the grandfather and Fred Savage who is just fantastic and incredibly cute as the grandson in a way that Haley Joel Osment could never hope to match. There are some memorable moments and quotes (look on many an IT geek's email signature and you may see one!) for example: 'my name is Inigo Montonya, you killed my father, prepare to die..', 'sleep well my friend, and dream of large women..' and 'Inconceivable!'. The awesome swordfight between Westley and Inigo ('I have something to confess - I am not left-handed either!'), the battle of wits between Westley and Vizzini, the tongue in cheek humour and camp badness of Prince Humperdinck, the cameo appearances of Billy Crystal and Mel Brooks, Mark Knopfler's (of Dire Straits) lovely score all combine to create a charming, memorable film that makes you feel good. Ahhh - just buy this film, you won't regret it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For the child in all of us this is a story of princes who inconceivable luck Buttercup (Robin Wright), is abducted by a giant and perused by a pirate.
"Prepare to die"
This is one of those movies that the story is being told and periodically you are drawn back to the reader and listener to see what they think of the story. The reader is a grandfather played by Peter Falk and the grandson that is listening to the bedtime story is Fred Savage.
Watch the expressions on Prince Humperdinck's (Chris Sarandon) face as he gets foiled again and again. Exceptional good story and actors. There is lots of love story with unexpected trials.
See Peter Falk again with Cyndi Lauper in "Vibes" (1988).
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2007
Ok. I've watched this first when I was about nine and randomly chose it off a shop display as something that I fancied watching. It had swords on the front cover I figured. I liked swords! I watched it and loved it. Swords, pirates etcetc. The lot, well everything a nine year old could possibly want, and my sisters digged it too, so it must have had some formulaic kissing and romance stuff and nonsense. I must've blinked or something cos' all I saw was a cool action film with the best sword fighting I've ever seen.
Then when I was twenty one and a too cool for school student I watched it again. My God. Its a gem. Peter Cook! Cary Elwes! Rob Reiner! Mark Knopfler! Mel Smith! Andre the Giant! Christopher Guest! Billy Crystal! Peter Falk! This list of participants should make you rush out and buy this film. Go run. Then we can sit and talk about how cool and reconstructivist it is (or not whatever). Go get it and watch it with your eighty year old Mary Whitehouse esque granny, your Manhunt 2 obsessed nephew and especially your cynical too cool for school student nephew. This film combines so many themes, genres and nods and is still emotionally effective and accessible to the widest range of viewers this side of the Simpsons . Amazing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2006
This is one of my favourite films of all time. It has everything - action, love, adventure and lots of comedy.
No, it hasn't got the huge budget to make every set look amazing, and it WAS made in the 80s but it doesn't matter - use a bit of imagination!
It certainly is cult viewing for the generation who grew up with this film. At Uni I absent-mindedly quoted something from the film and 3 people I was with all said 'wow, you know the Princess Bride' and spent the rest of the day laughing and quoting more. This cued all my other friends to watch it too, resulting in much fun had by all!
A timeless classic. This film should be compulsory viewing!
124 of 137 people found the following review helpful
Every now and then, someone makes one of those rare movies that crosses the lines of romance, action, fantasy, fairy tale, and a story for all ages. And isn't annoying either. With snappy dialogue and lovable characters, "The Princess Bride" is a classic tale of high adventure, danger, true love, screaming eels, and Sicilians who talk too much. And yes, there's kissing.
A bored little boy (Fred Savage) is sick in bed, is told a story by his quirky grandfather (Peter Falk). In it, young lovers Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Carey Elwes) are separated when Westley is apparently killed. A few years later, the heartbroken Buttercup is unwillingly affianced to the slimy Prince Humperdinck. As if that weren't enough, she's kidnapped by a trio of mercenaries.
But things go wrong for the mercenaries -- a mysterious masked man is following them, and he defeats each of the mercenaries with his swordplay, strength and wits. He also knows quite a bit about Westley's fate -- and Buttercup soon finds that he IS Westley after all. But Buttercup is only a cog in Humperdinck's evil plot, and now it's up to Westley, gentle giant Fezzik (Andre) and vengeance-seeking Spaniard Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) to save her.
If "Princess Bride" had been done in a halfway serious manner, it wouldn't have been even remotely interesting. It would have been just another kids' film. But with William Goldman's tongue-in-cheek script and entertaining characters (Miracle Max, anyone?), it becomes something a lot sweeter and funnier.
Rob Reiner has a deft, wry touch that matches Goldman's story, and he does a superb job of keeping the grim moments lighter than they would have been otherwise ("We'll never make it through!" "Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has"). With scenes like the torture machine, Miracle Max and Westley's three duels, Reiner keeps it deadpan rather than openly comic. But there are also scenes of touching romance and reconciliation, and some very good swordfights for Inigo.
And the dialogue (penned by Goldman) is full of quotables -- lines like "Inconceivable!" "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," "I'm not left-handed!" and "As you wish" are more or less immortalized. At the worst of times it's solid; at the middling times, it's memorably quirky; at the best of times, it's hilarious.
Yes, the title is about Buttercup. But she's a pretty pallid character compared to Westley, Fezzik and Patinkan. Elwes always seems to be winking at both the characters and audience, while Andre is lovable as the sportsmanlike, superstrong giant, and Patinkan as the discouraged Spaniard searching for a six-fingered man. His clash with the casually evil Rugen is a wonderful action-packed climax.
And Billy Crystal makes a brief but insanely good appearance as the Miracle Man, an embittered medieval healer with a very peeved wife (Carol Kane, who steals the scene with her shrieks of "Liar!").
Crammed with adventure, true love, swordfights, pirates, casual villains, and a clergyman with a speech impediment, "The Princess Bride" is an adorable comic classic. A must-see.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2006
In 1990, a number of leading British film reviewers assembled a list of their top 10 films from the 1980's and two of them placed "The Princess Bride" somewhere between 10 and 1. The fact that the film made it onto even these exalted lists speaks volumes for the wit and invention of William Goldman (writer) and Rob Reiner (director).
Like many others, I watched the film knowing very little about it other than it is a fairytale but by the end realised I had just watched genius at work. Peter Falk and his knowing narration toys with us (and his sickly grandson) so effectively that all thoughts of reality are happily cast away after the first 5 minutes and rightly so.
I don't want to list the quotable lines nor list the goodies and baddies; discover them and everything else that is great about this film for yourself.
PS Ever wondered what became of sections of Goldman's script and his band of characters? See Shrek II...
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2004
Miracles, escapes, fencing, fighting, revenge, TRUE LOVE! This movie has it all and can be loved by all the family. I first saw it when I was only 10 and since then I've watched it over and over and unashamedly I know every line. I feel old at 21 when I say, 'they just don't make films like they used to'. This film is the first film that Robin Wright (now Wright-Penn) was in and she is beautiful as Buttercup who falls in love with the farm boy, Wesley played magnificently by Cary Elwes. There are great performances from all the supporting actors most notably Mandy Pantinkin as the spaniard desperate to revenge his fathers murderer. Andre the Giant plays 'THE GIANT' understandably and it is lovely to see him in his only movie role before his death. Cameos from Billy Crystal and Peter Falk only add to the humour. Although this film is meant to be a farce the love story is so 'pure, so passionate, this one leaves them all behind'. THE END.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2004
I never write reviews of movies, but I just had to register how positive The Princess Bride is. Buy the movie, read the book, share it with children, have a romantic evening in with it, watch it to cheer yourself up when the world seems grim. Only consider not buying it if you're actually keen on soulless, meaningless movies, are a complete unromantic and have have no place in your life for exquisite wit, fabulous fencing, great clothes, unspeakable (but sickly interesting) baddies, horses, and sexy, sexy male heroes. Then again, if you're a serious feminist this film can be a bit tricky but who cares? I think Goldman was just getting divorced at the time and this was his way of finding a way of being a hero again. Thank God he wrote it. Life'd be so dull otherwise.
One last thing added early 2012. RIP Bob Anderson, Swordmaster extraordinaire, the British expert in foil, epee, sabre and bayonet who choreographed the spectacular and witty main fight scene in this film between Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes. The man was one of those quiet British geniuses who teaches us all how to live with utter flair.