The Princess Bride (1987) is a twist on a classical fairy tale, with age old pirates, villains and slapstick humour. The movie begins with a grandfather (Columbo) reading a book to his grandson.
The story introduces Westley a young dashing farm boy, and Buttercup his love. Westley goes forth at the beginning of the movie to find his fortune, as to allow him to marry Buttercup. However, as fate has it he does not return from the trip, and is assumed dead. Prince Humperdinck decides to wed the beautiful Princess Buttercup.
The film really starts when three men decide to kidnap Buttercup whilst she is out on a ride. First of the three men is Vizzini, the leader of the group. He is intent on murdering Buttercup. His two minions are Andre the Giant and a young Gideon from Criminal Minds (whose only desire is to avenge his father’s murder). Hot on the tail of the three kidnappers is a mysterious pirate.
As the movie unfolds Humperdinck’s plans are revealed, and a friendship emerges between the would be kidnappers.
There are so many moments in this movie that made me giggle that I insist that everyone should watch it. Although the plot isn’t terribly original, there are many aspects of the film that are. In addition to this it is in some ways a product of The NeverEnding Story era, which as a movie has always had a place in my favourites. I found The Princess Bride to be witty, entertaining and ultimately sweet.
Out of five Milky Way Magic Stars i would give it four and a half bags.