This is a film that defies expectations at every turn. As an adult male, you just have to hear a title like 'The Princess Bride' and your mind automatically conjures up an idea of what you think the film will be and you're already dismissing it as something that you might even be mildly interested in.
But then, you start watching it and cleverly, it starts subverting those expectations from the first few minutes with the interplay between Peter Falk and Fred Savage who plays his grandson. Even the grandson is saying: hang on, why are you going to read me a book called 'The Princess Bride', do I look like a twelve year old girl? From that moment on, we like him, are caught and happily go along for one of the maddest rides ever! From the outset we're promised “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” We get all of that ...and more! It's a fairy tale, wrapped up in an action movie, wrapped up in a comedy; with some truly great comic performances from the likes of Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane.
The entire cast of this film are 'pitch perfect' from Cary Elwes all of the way through to Peter Cook's "Impressive Clergyman" who's on screen for all of five minutes of the film and almost steals it completely in terms of sheer weight of belly laughs generated per syllable spoken.
This is one film that I won't go into too much detail about for fear of spoiling it for those that haven't seen it.
What do you mean you haven't seen The Princess Bride?