Friday, May 4, 2007

The Princess Bride {Movie Review}



"Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale."

So goes the advertisement for Princess Bride. Since I had seen part of the TV version many years ago and I was not thrilled about watching it again. I'm glad I did, but don't watch the TV version, I missed some very important parts as a result. Princess Bride is a borderline-hilarious movie. A few words slip here and there, and there is one reference that stands out as particularly undesirable, but, that being said it is worth watching.

Princess Bride deserves the PG rating for the shrieking eels, ROUSes (Rodents of Unusual size), torture machine, sword fights, and other such fairy-tale-ish things, along with what is mentioned in the previous paragraph. For the time, the creatures were pretty good graphically (it was made in 1987), most kids have probably seen worse than the creatures in this movie. I still think it would scare very young children. Around 8 or so I'd probably give it a go.

This is a funny movie. Everyone needs a good laugh once in awhile. It does not rank near my favorite movie category though.

Princess Bride is a story about true love. Sappy, right? Not really. Of course there are the kissing scenes (which the young boy to whom the story is read protests about), these are not the selling point of the movie. That was refreshing. The humor and action were much more appealing.

"But you're a female, you like romance and action isn't something that really interests you." Yes, I am a female, but I detest sappy romance movies. And, no, gratuitous action is not my "thing" but this had just enough action and romance to make it enjoyable. Both sexes should be fairly pleased with this movie. I know the men in my life enjoyed the movie about as much as I did.

And read the book. Given that the author did the screenplay for the movie ... for once, a movie and it's book are on par.

3.75 out of 5 stars.

(And did I mention that Prince Humperdinck looks like Lord Farquaad from Shrek?)

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