Swashbuckling Adventures, Free Fall Film Series at the Norwich Public Library
e Princess Bride Review/Retrospective Tomorrow, 1:00 PM
Next up in our Swashbuckling Adventures film series is the 1987 film The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman, based on his novel. The film is actually, in many ways, a satirical comedic take on classic pirate adventure films. Although a flop upon release originally, the film gained cult status, thanks to memorable characters, witty dialogue, and loads of great scenes.
“As you wish,” Wesley explains to Buttercup at the beginning of the film, which kicks off a great adventure. I can’t tell you how people I know personally who love and appreciate The Princess Bride with all their hearts. The film has a profound cult audience and some movie theaters even continue to screen it thirty years later. The movie puts the viewers into an imaginary world where everything seems real. The sets, the designs, and the characters don’t seem over exaggerated or underdeveloped. In fact, there’s a real feel that the actors are in on the joke, which is part of the fun.
The movie also contains many memorable scene, from the appearance of Miracle Max to the famous duel between Count Rugen and Inigo Montoya. Nothing in the script seems forced, or pushed in for plot convenience. It’s very tight and effective storytelling.
The actors are first rate. Cary Elwes is a very handsome leading man, and pulls off his dual role as Wesley and The Dreaded Pirate Roberts with flare, while Robin Wright, in her debut, is memorable as Buttercup. Also, who could forget Mandy Patinkin as the revenge-seeking Montaya, and Andre The Giant as the tough but honorable Fezzik. Every character in The Princess Bride; Peter Falk as the grandfather, Peter Cook as The Impressive Clergyman, Wallace Shawn as Vizzini (“INCONCEIVABLE”), and, of course, Billy Crystal as Miracle Max are memorable and quirky.The Princess Bride is one of the most delightful films ever. One of those great movies that you put on for a good rainy day to enjoy. I’m proud to present it as our next free film at The Norwich Public Library on October 20th at 1:00 PM.