|Fig 1 - The Princess Bride Poster|
Directed by Rob Reiner and based on the William Goldman book of the same name, The Princess Bride is actually a story within a story, telling a tale of "fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles". In the beginning, a young sickly boy is visited by his grandpa who begins reading the titular story to him. In the story, a farm boy named Westley (Cary Elwes) and his employer Buttercup (Robin Wright) fall in love and wish to marry. Westley has no money and decides to seek his fortune by journeying across the world to pay for their marriage. However, when Buttercup hears that Westley was ambushed by the notorious Dread Pirate Roberts, she falls into a depression and many years later winds up reluctantly engaged to the Prince of Florin, a mister Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Whilst riding through the woods one day, Buttercup stumbles upon a troupe of bandits (Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn and André the Giant) who kidnap the princess, though soon after they realise they are being followed by a character with the ability to outdo them all...
|Fig 2 - The Princess Bride - Inigo, Vizzini & Fezzik|
Particularly impressive were the costumes and prosthetics of some characters. The design of the "Rodents of Unusual Size" felt incredibly genuine and appeared as a cross between puppetry and animatronics as opposed to a concealed actor. Incidentally, had it not been for Billy Crystal's distinctive voice, I would have never guessed at his cameo as Miracle Max, who is made-up to look unrecognisably old by an impressive face-caking of rubber.
Ultimately, it would seem The Princess Bride has made an unprecedented impact upon popular culture in recent history. Though it has spawned some well-worn catchphrases, the film still has all the right elements of a family-friendly live-action adventure, the likes (and quality) of which are none too familiar in cinema today.
Fig. 1 The Princess Bride Poster (1987) From: The Princess Bride - Directed by: Rob Reiner
Fig. 2 The Princess Bride Screenshot (1987) From: The Princess Bride - Directed by: Rob Reiner