Like a comfy pair of slippers, The Princess Bride re-appears once again and fits snugly into all our lives, or those of us that fell under its spell all those years ago.
For the unanimated (how have you not seen this film yet??), The Princess Bride begins with Peter Falk (Columbo) reading a story to his sick grandson, Fred Savage (The Wonder Years). Admit it, you’re already intrigued.
The grandson is disgusted to hear the story is once of romance and contains “kissing”, but his grandfather persuades him to hear the story out.
We then delve into the story which sees Buttercup, Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, House Of Cards), as a farm girl who has been chosen to be the princess bride of once Prince Humperdinck, Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Child’s Play), of Florian.
When Buttercup is kidnapped by a gang led by Wallace Shaw (Toy Story, Gossip Girl (TV)), and held against her will in order to start a war, it is up to her one true love, Westley, Cary Elwes (Liar, Liar, Saw) to save her.
He teams up with accomplished swordsman Inigo Montoya, Mandy Patinkin (Homeland (TV), Criminal Minds (TV)), who is out for revenge for the death of his father and Fezzik, Andre the Giant (The Mommy Market, Micki + Maude), a super-strong but gentle giant.
His quest takes him across the land meeting such royalty as Peter Cook, Mel Smith and Billy Crystal. The film was directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, When Harry Met Sally) and written by William Goldman who wrote the book, he also wrote All The President’s Men, The Stepford Wives, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and many more.
To say The Princess Bride is a classic is a vast understatement. Released in the UK in March 1988 it will return to a select number of cinemas on the 23rd October 2017 for one day only.
It is a wonderful, funny family fantasy adventure movie that has spawned a large following with any number of phrases and sayings that are regularly repeated.
Patinkin regularly has to say “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die” whilst Elwes says “as you wish” to any request asked by Buttercup whilst Shaw utters “inconceivable” at regular intervals.
The movie is just fantastic and if you haven’t seen it…where have you been? If you haven’t seen it then I would urge you to get your butt to a cinema and check it out, then purchase the 30th anniversary Blu-ray to watch it over and over again.
I can’t see much difference between the 25th anniversary and 30th anniversary edition version of the Blu-ray. I mention that to a) save you some money should you already have the 25th version and b) I was sent a disc that says “25th Anniversary Edition” to review for the 30th Anniversary Edition, so I’m guessing they are the same, just a release five years down the line.
If you don’t own the 25th release than, obviously, the 30th is a good purchase. It comes jam packed with extras, from trailers, interviews with cast and director, make-up with Billy Crystal, fan-videos, galleries and so much more.
The tales of Andre the Giant and the amount he could drink, and what a stand-up guy he was, loved by everyone it seems, are beautiful to hear.
I was disappointed to see there was nothing about the late, great Mel Smith however, who sadly left us in 2013 aged just 60. This felt like a huge missing part of an otherwise fairly comprehensive release.