The “Princess Bride”

By Jason Yon
Elm Staff Writer

Since this is the last review of the year, it’s going to be a little different. I haven’t talked about an old movie before, but “The Princess Bride” is well deserving. Last weekend, the Westown Theater in Middletown screened “The Princess Bride” in recognition of its 30th anniversary. Even after 3 decades years, this movie still works just as well as I remember it. It’s a classic that never loses its impact and spans generations. I grew up watching “The Princess Bride,” as I’m sure many other people did, so I may be a little biased, but this movie of sword fights, chases, and, of course, a princess is a true classic.

Everything about “The Princess Bride” feels perfect. I don’t think there is anything anybody would change about it. The cast is perfect with the Dread Pirate Roberts to the comedic trio of Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini. Everyone is this movie fits perfectly with the role they play. Most notable has to be Andre the Giant in the role of Fezzik, a massive loveable giant with a knack for rhyming. After “The Big Lebowski,” “The Princess Bride” has to be one of the most quotable movies ever made. From “As you wish” to “Inconceivable!” and “Hello, my name is…” there is no end to the classic dialogue. Furthermore, when it comes down to it, this movie is really just a touching story about grandfather bonding with his sick grandson over a silly fantasy book.

It is a lot easier to write about bad movies. I can fill up paragraphs with each little nuance in a bad movie. However, I can only incomprehensibly gush about movies like “The Princess Bride.” The comedy lands every time. Each role is filled by someone who was meant to play it. The score is beautiful and meshes perfectly with the on-screen actions. Seeing this from a young age legitimately contributed to my love of film. “The Princess Bride” is perfect for children and adults, but it is also just perfect. I will always love this movie.

Score: A+

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