As I was re-watching The Princess Bride, I realized something interesting. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE this movie, but there is one aspect that is clearly lacking.
What is up with the world-building here?
Buttercup, Wesley, and Prince Humperdinck are from a fictional European land called Florin. Across the sea is Guilder, the sworn enemy of Florin and home to a lot of horrifying natural wonders such as the Cliffs of Insanity, the Fire Swamp, and rodents of unusual size.
And yet, for some inexplicable reason, Buttercup is kidnapped by three foreigners that aren’t from places like “Lira”, “Peseta”, and “Krone” (to keep up with the currency theme). Instead, Vizzini is Sicilian, Inigo is Spanish, and Fezzik is supposedly Turkish by way of Greenland.
What would Tolkien say?
I realize that the entire concept is based off a bedtime story, but come on. I’m sure there was some story editing before it made it on screen.
Unless of course William Goldman pulled a Count Rugen…
This was originally posted on my WordPress: https://reeltalkjointheconversation.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/unanswered-questions-3/