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Movie Review: The Princess Bride

Monday, July 24, 2006
In an attempt to beat the heat over the weekend we went to the Kennedy School and watched The Princess Bride. This is a classic comedic tale which - if you haven't seen it you really ought to - has tickled my funny bone for years and is just a fantastic movie all around.

The movie, narrated by a boy's grandfather, centers around a young man and a young woman who find true love. They're separated - he's believed dead, she's forcibly engaged to the local prince who wants to have her murdered to start a war, so she's kidnapped, he's not dead and comes after her, he's killed, brought back, etc, etc, etc. Filled to the brim with laughter and fun,

The movie isn't perfect as there are a bunch of plot holes and technical issues, but that's not the point of the movie and doesn't detract from its enjoyability. What it IS about is pure fun and adventure and gems of wisdom such as "Never get involved in a land war in Asia." Fun with pirates, princes, torture and swordplay are what the movie is, and it succeeds in an admirable and timeless fashion, which is why - 19 years after the movie was released - it's still a great film.

My thoughts on the Princess Bride? I own it on DVD and you should, too.


Blogger Laura said...


it's so much better than the movie.

7:14 PM, July 24, 2006  

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