Movie Review: The Princess Bride

 

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So, I recently watched the Princess Bride for the first time. It is a tale of “…fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…”. I’m sure most of you are surprised that I haven’t seen such a cult classic, and to be honest, so am I (as I quite enjoy watching “old movies”, such a millennial thing to say, but it is over 10 years older than me, so…)

I have seen many memes of famous quotes, such as Inconceivable or Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die, and yet had never seen the film. So, I decided that enough was enough, and I sat and watched it. And it was, even though it was made 31 years ago, quite good. It was a clever storyline that, did you know, was based on a novel of the same title? Cool fact, ay?

For those of you who haven’t seen the film, here is a quick overview, no spoilers as, as I have said before, I don’t like spoilers, so why should I subject you to it? A grandfather reads his grandson a story (obviously titled the Princess Bride, because what would be the point of a story within a story if it wasn’t named the same thing? Think The Neverending Story and the likes). It is about a princess who is meant to marry someone who she does not love, she is kidnapped and a man in black is involved. That pretty much is the overview (if I didn’t explain it too well, sorry, I’ve only seen in once and did not want to give spoilers, can you blame me?).

It is full of great one liners and fantastic quotable moments that have lasted over 30 years. I think it is a great film (for the whole family might I add, if that’s what you need to know) that I regret not having watched sooner. Yes, it is over 30 years old so you’ll have to forgive some of the bad effects, I mean it was 1987.

8/10 overall, taking into account some cheesiness and cliché storyline.

All in all, I recommend if you’re wanting a good fantasy-romance-adventure-comedy go ahead and watch it.

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