The Princess Bride – Throwback Thursday

Intro to… The Princess Bride
Pirate Zorro defeats many a man to prevent his true love from marrying a douche prince.

The Plot
After receiving word that an infamous pirate has killed the love of her life, Buttercup (Robin Wright) proclaims to never love again. Her vow stands true, but her beauty does not remain unnoticed. Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), the heir to the Kingdom of Florin, exercises his right as regent and claims her for his own.

Days before the wedding, Buttercup gets kidnapped by a trio of villains. They intend to start a war with the neighbouring Kingdom of Guilder by making it look like they killed the princess. A man in black, however, foils their attempt. He reveals himself to be the Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes), the same pirate that killed Buttercup’s love.

Should I Watch It?
With a title like The Princess Bride one would assume the movie to be some sort of Romeo & Juliet-escue love story, but it is in fact a family-friendly comedy set in a medieval fantasy world. It is a campy fairy tale full of unique and diverse characters.

As with most things camp, the acting is horrendous. But it is so bad that it goes full circle and becomes great again. This, of course, is done on purpose and makes for some hilarious moments. Especially Cary Elwes, basically the king of campy acting, does a great job.

The character that steals the show, however, is Inigo Montoya. Mandy Patinkin plays a passionate revenge seeking Spaniard that is searching for the six-fingered man that killed his father. He compensates for his wits with an incredible amount of skill in fencing. He is funny, likeable, and immortalised the famous quote: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die”.

The Princess Bride is a fun family-friendly adventure that combines a shallow love story with great action and decent comedy. It shows some awesome fencing scenes and delivers a couple of unforgettable quotes. I definitely recommend this movie.

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.


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