A kindly grandfather sits down with his ill grandson and reads him a story. The story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war, It is up to Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. On the way he meets a thief and his hired helpers, an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become Westley’s companions in his quest.
After reading The Princess Bride, I naturally wanted to see the movie. Then after seeing all the references in Once Upon a Time (Captain Hook was inspired by the Dread Pirate Roberts), I ordered the movie on the spot.
In my opinion, the book was better in a lot of ways, but the movie was still smart and funny. I usually prefer books because they are more descriptive and more complex. The movie was basically a simplified version of the book but the stuff they cut out was what made the book so great – the character’s backstories and the authors comments. I’m a little conflicted on this issue because I feel that if it were longer it wouldn’t have made as good a movie.
The Princess Bride is funny in all kinds of ways. There’s sarcasm and slapstick humor and just the regular old making fun of people type. Whichever way, if you are ever in need of something to lift your spirits, watch this movie.
I loved the fact that the grandfather took of the role the author, William Goldman, had in the book. He interjects comments every so often – whenever you get just a little too caught up in the story. Plus the kid was really cute! The characters were more or less how I imagined them and the actors do a great job of bringing them to life.
The plot was awesome – twisted and surprisingly smart. Don’t think simple love story – think kidnappings, devious plots and trickery. It has everything in it from love to death, swordplay to magic, villains to heroes.
An a great family movie that can be watched time and time again!