We’ve all been asked the question “what’s your favorite movie?” many times during our lives. Well at least I have. I used to have trouble answering that question because there’s just so many movies that I’ve watched and loved. I was watching The Princess Bride one night and I had a kind of revelation: The Princess Bride is my favorite movie of all time. Two things led me to this realization. 1) I have watched this movie an uncountable number of times during my life and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. 2) even though I know what’s going to happen (and also know what the characters are going to say) I still love the story and the characters. So yes, I would say that you should watch this movie. It’s hard to explain but this movie has taught me a lot. What’s hard to explain is exactly what it taught me. All the characters have something different to offer, and have taught me about certain things that I’m glad I got to learn from them.
This film has comedy, fantasy, and adventure. It has all the makings of a great movie. While stuck in bed sick, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of The Princess Bride. Which is an actual book abridged by William Goldman. It tells of a young man named Westley and his adventures while trying to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the evil Prince Humperdinck. It’s my favorite kind of fairytale story out there. It has everything that a classic fairytale has (i.e. villains, a princess in distress, a hero, sword fights) but it’s very original, witty, and told with humor. The damsel in distress aspect of a story has been told time and time again. This film revamps that story and makes it new and fresh. Released in 1987, it’s one of the most modern fairytales out there because of how different it is. All the characters have been well written, and even the minor characters have some of the best scenes.
So hopefully I’ve gotten you somewhat interested in this movie. Then you can watch it right here right now on this website. If you still need some convincing, then check out the official Princess Bride website. Once you’ve done a little more research, then I would like to draw your attention back to the previous website that I linked.
The Princess Bride has also had some of my all time favorite quotes…
“Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
“Who says life is fair, where is that written?”
“Love is many things none of them logical.”
“True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.”
It’s endlessly quotable.
This movie was probably the first movie of my childhood where I enjoyed a love story. I was always into action and adventure, and a love story always seemed like it was taking away from what I wanted to see.
Theres also some very famous quotes that have been said time and time again. Even if you’ve never seen the movie you’ve probably heard it some time…
“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!”
“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.”
In case you’re not familiar with that last quote, there are actually no typos whatsoever. That’s just how the character speaks and why it makes the quote so great. This scene never fails to make me laugh. It’s hard to avoid saying or hearing that quote when you’re at a wedding.
The films twenty fifth anniversary was a few years ago which is when this picture was taken. I love seeing before and after pictures to see how much people have changed. Especially people that have been a big part of my childhood.
A movie can stick with you for a long time. The Princess Bride has been that movie. When you first watch it, it may seem like it has little to offer. In actuality, it offers many life lessons. It’s taught me about loyalty, fairness, love, and all the while being witty and smart. The humor about it is what makes this movie special to me, and why I see it as a timeless movie. The fact that it can teach me so much while still being funny makes it my favorite movie of all time.