I had some subjets in mind to write about. And then I stumbled upon this article about one of my top ever favourite films. I am talking, of course, about The Princess Bride (1987), the movie adaptation of the same-title book writen by William Goldman. On IMDb, the story is summarized as follows:
While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
My favourite summary, on the other hand, is the one the said grandpa makes to his grandson on the book:
“Does it have any sports in it?”
“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders… Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”
“Sounds okay,” I said and I kind of closed my eyes.”
Sounds okay. It is okay. More than okay, actually. I have an unapologetic and undying love for this film. It was the film I watched when I was a kid and had to stay home because I was sick. The film I still go to when I need a “feel-good-like-a-mug-of-hot-chocolate” film. The one that I know by heart and can quote (in its original english version or in the spanish dubbed one) by heart. The one that will still make me laugh every single time I watch it.
The article I linked at the top explains why the movie encountered (and still encounters upon first-time viewers) such succes. It’s adventurous, fun, scary, ironic, serious, tongue-in-cheek, has amazing performances, great diaogue, a beautiful soundtrack and memorable characters. And one of the best sword fights in cinema history.
And now I’m realizing writing about Princess Bride was a mistake. Because now I want to watch it again. And watching this movie then brings me to watching Stardust, the 2007 film inspired from author Neil Gaiman which most consider a “modern heir” of Rob Reiner‘s film. Both share the same kind of humour and tone that makes them enjoyable for kids and adults, fairytales that pay hommage to classic fairytale stories while having an ironic approach to them. An incredible balance to achieve, but both films do it without any effort.
So there you go, dear readers. If you are looking for something light but entertaining and good to watch, give Buttercup, Wasley and the Impressive Clergyman a chance. And have fun storming the castle.