“It’s a love story, a slap-stick comedy, and even a little action.” (Mac) As You Wish: Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride) It illustrates a basic love story with a similar ending, making it an unoriginal film....
Prince Humperdinck has had time to track down Westley and Buttercup know and told Buttercup to come with him back to Florin and he will let Westley go....
Before the wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by a trio of outlaws (The Brute Squad): a Sicilian criminal genius named Vizzini, Spanish fencing master Inigo Montoya who is seeking revenge on a man with six fingers on his right hand who killed his father, and a gigantic Turkish wrestler named Fezzik who likes to rhyme. They are pursued by two parties: one consists of Prince Humperdinck and a number of soldiers; the other, a single masked man in black. The man in black outpaces the royal rescue party and almost catches the outlaws at the Cliffs of Insanity.
This beloved classic fairytale begins with a grandfather reading his favorite book “The Princess Bride” to his hard-to-impress grandson. This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” – and all that he promised comes to life before the boy’s enchanted eyes as his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westley, the man she loves.
Prince Humperdink: I don't think I'm quite familiar with that phrase.
Westley: I'll explain. And I'll use small words so that you'll be sure to understand, you warthog-faced buffoon.
He is not actually editing his own novel, in fact he is intentionally including annotations that perhaps would normally be part of an editing process, but are included in The Princess Bride to mock tropes of other fairy tales and the literary process as a whole.
In the novel The Princess Bride, William Goldman satirizes both fairy tales and the standard literary process through his characters and their actions.
He sets off for America “to make his fortune across the sea.” She later finds out that he and his ship have been murdered by the Dread Pirate Roberts “who never leaves captives alive.” Scene: Humperdink castle, Prince Humperdink is announcing his bride-to-be and we find out it is the Princess Buttercup....
A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story. The story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive, a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the odious Prince Humperdinck. Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) goes to great lengths in his attempt to save her. On the way he meets an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become his companions in his quest.
The Princess Bride: Recap and Review
What makes it so notable? Clever writing, marvelously quirky characters, and a very satisfying ending helped make this romantic adventure an instant classic.
What are its weak points? A handful of people have complained that the film does not do the book justice.
Verdict: Casual Fan or Big-Time Fangirl? Big-Time Fangirl
Comments: I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it, and I'm not alone in that, as it repeatedly tops viewers' lists of favorites even today.