The Princess Bride
In lockdown, you need something to watch that everyone in the family can view and enjoy. Ho hum. Most of the time, family viewing - a G rating - means some sappy, animated feature with lots of twirling and singing. No!
Quarantine is stressful enough without that kind of imposition.
But, it’s true, we need something that kids can watch without adults cringing, and at the same time, something the adults can actually, really, no kidding, get caught up in, laugh along with, and be glad they tuned in.
That movie is The Princess Bride. Doesn’t matter if you’ve already seen it. Watch it again. Doesn’t matter if your kids are grown and out of the house. Watch it again.
You've never seen it!? Inconceivable! Made in 1987 and, as we say, it holds up.
Let’s survey a few of the selling points of this timeless fable.
- PeterFalk, patient and wise, with just a touch of curmudgeonliness, as the grandfather who reads the story to his grandson, home sick in bed.
- FredSavage, as the grandson, at his most adorable age 11.
- RobinWright in the title role. It’s her film debut at 21, before she was a glint in Sean Penn’s eye.
- MandyPatinkin as Inigo Montoya out to avenge his father’s death.
- Andrethe Giant, oh yes, Andre the Giant as Fezzia, Montoya’s companion. Look for the scenes where Andre puts his hands on Elwes’s head – just for size comparison. Astonishing!
- CaryElwes, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Wallace Shawn. All written as memorable, funny characters, wholesome or despicable, all fun to watch.
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…
OK, what more do you want? It’s fun; it’s funny; it’s heartwarming; it’s a good story, for Pete’s sake!
Oh, sure, you’ll find more sophisticated fare in the movie world. More complex characters and plot twists galore. There are deeper films, more profound. Films just as good and by other measures, better. But on the scale of satisfying, lasting fun, nothing can beat The Princess Bride.
9 out of 10 whiskers
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