Some movies transcend their subject matter, subvert your expectations and become so endlessly quotable that their one-liners are seared into pop culture.
By now you probably know what to prepare for when confronted by Inigo Montoya and that it’s unwise to go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line, but this 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of Rob Reiner classic The Princess Bride is a great reminder of the enchantment and wit that made the movie a cult classic.
Adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman from his own fantasy romance novel, The Princess Bride is a simple yet post-modern fairy tale that is acutely aware of your cynicism going into any movie with the word ‘Princess’ in the title.
This tale of true loves Buttercup and Westley is told to a sickly Fred Savage (hello, the Eighties) by his grandfather, played by the late Peter Falk. “Is this a kissing book?” bemoans his jaded charge, but he needn’t worry.
Staged, acted and scored like a classic Hollywood swashbuckler, but with many winks to camera, the film has enough honest to goodness charm to win over even the hardest of hearts. It’s a love story packed with danger, excitement and playfully OTT performances from Christopher Guest as the villainous Count Rugen, Mandy Patinkin as aforementioned swordfighter Montoya and Wallace Shawn as shouty criminal mastermind Vizzini.
Includes some great featurettes and audio commentaries from both Reiner and Goldman and the film itself is lovingly rendered in high definition. Those Rodents of Unusual Size have never looked so menacing.