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The Princess Bride

Title: The Princess Bride
Directed by:
Rob Reiner
Written by:
William Goldman
Year: 1987

The Princess Bride opens up with an old man visiting his sick grandson to read him a story, which happens to be the novel by the same name, written by William Goldman. Even though the story is that of true love, the boy makes sure his grandfather doesn’t dwell too long on sissy details such as kissing. Instead, it’s a fairly straightforward story about a princess who loses her true love, and how he returns to find her, but has to fight the evil king in order to regain the hand of his beloved.

I think this film is extraordinarily difficult to rate and review, because it combines a rather dull story and setting with ingenious dialogue. If the film had lacked the dialogue, it would have been among the worst films I’ve ever watched, and reversely, if the story and setting would have been more interesting, it might have been a masterpiece. As it is, it’s worthwhile, but not exceedingly so. I enjoy the witty dialogue and some other details, but that’s not enough to please me all the time, probably because I’m not amused by everything that’s supposed to be funny.

Still, I might judge this film too harshly. It’s not meant to be a serious movie with an intricate plot and deep musings on the meaning of lite, but it’s rather intended to be plain entertainment. As such, it’s pretty good and if you’re not averse to such films in general, the likelihood that will you’ll like The Princess Bride more than I did is quite high.

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  1. thark’s avatar

    Easily one of my favoritest movies ever.

    (The book is better. Natch. But even so.)