Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
|Featuring:||Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Kevin Bacon, Robin Wright Penn, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, Mel Smith, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal, Anne Dyson, Margery Mason, Malcolm Storry, Willoughby Gray, Betsy Brantley, Paul Badger|
|Producer:||Norman Lear, Steve Nicolaides, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Jeffrey Stott|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
“Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, battling rodents of unusual size, facing torture in the Pit of Despair. —True love has never been a snap.”
Remember those days as a child when you may have been home from school, lying in bed, sick? Such is the case with a young boy (Savage) who is fortunate enough to have a loving grandfather (Falk) at his side ready to keep him entertained with a captivating story… Only, this story is not exactly a story that most preteen boys desire. Despite the “love story” theme in this tale, grandpa assures his grandson that there is plenty of action and intrigue. And so begins the story.
As the story starts out, it certainly sounds like a love story. A handsome, blond farmboy named Wesley (Cary Elwes) does whatever his beautiful boss, Buttercup (Robin Wright) wishes. He even goes as far as to respond to all her commands with “as you wish”—his signature saying throughout the movie. Although Buttercup mistreats Wesley for the longest time, she finally is smitten with love for him.
Finally some action occurs… Buttercup is kidnapped! She is even led to believe that Wesley was killed. Heartbroken and against her choice, she becomes engaged to the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) even though she really loves Wesley. She now is becomes known as Princess Buttercup.
“The Princess Bride” is humorous at times. Chivarlious at times. Even downright rude in a few spots. All the ingredients for a hilarious epic! Director Rob Reiner puts unusual twists into what could have been a dry and boring storyline.
From a Christian standpoint, “The Princess Bride” is not overly violent but there will be scenes that may scare younger viewers. There is no nudity and virtually no indecent language. As is the case in most medieval tales, there is a wizard. Miracle Max and his wife (Billy Crystal and Carol Kane) hilariously try to bring someone back to life with magic. This may be difficult to explain to young viewers. However, “The Princess Bride” offers an enjoyable story for preteen through parenting age and proves to be an excellent choice for family entertainment within this age grouping. (Parents will especially be keen on the idea of their kids copying the phrase “As you wish” to every parental request…)
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