IMDb Top 250: #212 The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987)

Director: Rob Reiner
Writers: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

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The Princess Bride is a frame story, a beautiful modern fairy tale set in an epic medieval fantasy world. It has it all, knights, castles, an evil prince, a beautiful bride.

A grandfather comes to see his sick nephew and he starts reading him from his favourite book, The Princess Bride. The story of the book is set in the fictional country of Florin, where the most beautiful girl in the country, Buttercup, falls in love with her farm boy. After declaring their love for each other, the farm boy leaves to seek his fortunes so that he may marry his bride, but his ship is attacked by pirates and he is believed dead. After a while, Buttercup reluctantly agrees to marry the prince of Florin, although she does not love him. A series of events start to unfold, that will reunite Buttercup with her long lost love…

Overall, it is a good film. The one where you watch on a Sunday afternoon with your family. It is a romantic story with a good amount of adventure in it. A modern fairy tale, filled with comedy and swashbuckling action, it makes the eternal damsel in distress story seem so fresh and intense, like it is the first time you have actually heard of it.

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