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.
Tom Hanks is one of those actors. He has a Jimmy Stewart/Henry Fonda aww shucks all American image and has played a variety of characters over the years. One of his most famous and award winning roles was in the 1994 movie, Forrest Gump.
Intellectually, Forrest Gump is not the brightest bulb in the box. But, he has a good heart and good intentions. Always following the advice of his mother (Sally Field), Forrest lives through and experiences some of the most tumultuous events of the second half of the 2oth century. But in the end, he can only think of Jenny (Robin Wright), his childhood sweetheart, who goes through her own tumultuous journey.
This movie deserved any and all praise that it received. It is a story of hope over adversity, believing in yourself and being positive, even in the worst circumstances.
And can forget a movie that not only has two unforgettable lines (run, Forrest, run and life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get), but also was the inspiration for a seafood restaurant?
I recommend it.