Thoughts On The 30th Anniversary Of The Princess Bride

A few weeks ago, The Princess Bride celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Fred Savage plays a young boy who is home sick from school. His grandfather, played by Peter Falk reads the boy a story. The story is The Princess Bride.

Buttercup (Robin Wright) is a young lady from a poor farm family chosen to marry Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). While she has agreed to go on with the match, she is mourning the loss of her true love, Westley (Cary Elwes). It has been five years since he was murdered. Needing a break from the craziness  of her upcoming wedding and her memories of her late beloved, Buttercup goes out for a ride. The rest is movie history.

This movie, except that it is pure genius. While the basic narrative to heavily steeped in classic fairy tales, the humor is modern and is can be very adult.

If I had to choose a favorite scene, it would be the one with Billy Crystal and Carol Kane. It is comedy at it’s best.

Here is to the 30 years of laughs from The Princess Bride. I hope that in 30 years, we will continue to laugh.


Flashback Friday- Liar Liar (1997)

Lying, as our parents reminded us when we were children, was not a wise choice.

What happens when the ones we love the most make a wish so we cannot lie?

That the premise of the Jim Carrey 1997 movie Liar Liar. Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a lawyer with a penchant for fudging the truth. While lying has helped his career grow, it killed his marriage to Audrey (Maura Tierney).  Audrey is so fed up with Fletcher that she is on the verge of taking their son Max (Justin Cooper) and moving out town with her boyfriend, Jerry (Cary Elwes). When Fletcher misses his son’s birthday, Max makes a wish that his father cannot lie for 24 hours. With an important case in his hands and his career on the line, Fletcher must find a way to salvage his relationship with his son while winning his case. All this must be done without lying.

This movie was an interesting one for Jim Carrey. While he still partially relied on the same zany acting that made him a star, this movie is a transition to the more serious acting that he would attempt in the next few years.

I recommend it.

Throwback Thursday-The Princess Bride (1987)

The other day, I reviewed As You Wish, Cary Elwes’s memoir of making The Princess Bride (1987) .

The subject of this Throwback Thursday post is The Princess Bride.

A young boy (Fred Savage) is home sick. His grandfather (Peter Falk) is watching his grandson and reads him the story of The Princess Bride.

Westley (Cary Elwes) is a farm boy in love with Buttercup (Robin Wright), the daughter of the owner of the farm where he works.  She returns his love, but he does not say “I love you”. He says “as you wish”. Wanting to better himself, Westley leaves the farm to change his fate. Several years pass and Buttercup is engaged to Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). But the prince is not so charming. He needs a reason to start a war with a neighboring kingdom. Buttercup is kidnapped in order to start the war.  What is not known to Buttercup is that the man who rescues her is the man she has loved all along.

This movie is incredible. It is part satire, part traditional fairy tale and extremely enjoyable.

I recommend it.

As You Wish Book Review

The Princess Bride is one of the best movies of the last 30 years. Based on the book of the same name by William Goldman, the story is tale of true love against all odds. Part satire, part fantasy and part traditional fairy tale, this movie is extremely entertaining and easily quotable.

Late last year, the movie’s made lead, Cary Elwes (Westley) wrote a memoir of his time making the movie. Entitled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, this book is a great read not just for fans of the movie, but for movie fans in general. Elwes takes the reader by the hand and leads them through the initial audition process, then through making the movie and finally ending with a retrospective. Included are pictures and interviews with his co stars and some of the higher ups in the production.

I absolutely recommend this book.

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