I often get asked what my favorite movie is, and several greats always come to mind. Off the top of my head, I go the usual cycle through Pulp Fiction, The Avengers, Fight Club, and The Dark Knight, but I always end up with one amazing answer: The Princess Bride.
Lately it seems that not many of my peers have seen the movie, and they immediately think that the movie is just some sappy chick flick. On the contrary. The Princess Bride is an AMAZING movie, and let me explain why.
I have personally never encountered an individual who hates to laugh. Therefore, I have to come to this ground-breaking conclusion: people enjoy humor. BOOM! I bet you didn't see that coming.
Okay so maybe you did. Either way, humor can be found around every corner in The Princess Bride. From Vizzini's frequent use of the word "Inconceivable" to the hilarious encounter in Miracle Max's hut, you are sure to be laughing by the end of this film.
Haven't you ever heard the phrase "never judge a movie by its title"? Okay, maybe it was something involving a book and a cover, but the phrase still applies. The Princess Bride has two words that turn off many people, being "Princess" and "Bride". Most people don't have a problem with the word "the", but for those who do, I can't help you.
However, the words "Princess" and "Bride" don't automatically make it a gooey love-story. The movie is rife with snappy one-liners, plots of deception, and of course the sword-fights. One of my favorite fight-scenes that I've seen is the one between Westley and Inigo Montoya. Especially because they actually trained for a long time to get the choreography right.
Besides that fight,there is the brawl between Westley and Fezzik, the battle of wits between Westley and Vizzini (man, Westley makes friends everywhere he goes doesn't he?), and the showdown between Inigo and the six-fingered Count Rugen. There is just as much, if not more action scenes than romance scenes.
Even though the movie doesn't have the best special effects in the world, it certainly kept me on my seat for the majority of the film. For example, there was the scene where Buttercup was in the water with the shrieking eels, or Buttercup falling into the lightning sand.
The most thrilling scene is the battle with the ROUS, or the rodent of unusual size. When Westley was rolling around on the ground with the beast, I was fully aware that it was just a man in a rat suit, but I still winced when the rodent bit Westley's shoulder, and I grinned in silent joy when Westley rolled the beast into the fire plume.
Okay, I have made my point that the movie is full of laughs and sword-fights, but at the core The Princess Bride is the story of true love. Now just wait a moment, it's not that typical beach-side cabin in the rain kind of romance, it's an action-packed hilarious love story. Even if you don't like "kissing books", you are sure to love this movie for it's pure excellence.
If you do like a good love-story, you're in luck, because The Princess Bride is the best!