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Cameron’s Review of The Princess Bride (1987 Movie) Directed by Rob Reiner

In my opinion I couldn’t be writing this review at a better time because this year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Princess Bride! Yes, that’s right, 25 years of “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” (Grandpa in The Princess Bride)  And just in time for my writing of this review, Entertainment Weekly brought the cast members back together for a reunion and photo shoot. It is a shame that Andre the Giant (1993) and Peter Falk (2011) passed away, as they were a few of my favorite characters in the film. Any ways, here’s a glimpse of what went on:

But I’m not here to talk about what Entertainment Weekly is up to. No way. I’m here to discuss why I absolutely love this movie.

Released in 1987, this movie has risen to the level of a cult classic with lines that are immediately recognizable and highly quoted. Yes, it is hard to imagine that when this film came out, it was not an immediate blockbuster success. Indeed, I’m willing to bet that if you walked up to someone on the street and started saying, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya…” that person will more than likely finish the line with you.

So what makes this movie so fantastic?

Well first off the casting is outstanding! There isn’t a single actor/actress who isn’t perfect for their part. I’ve heard people complain about how Mandy Patinkin isn’t really a Spaniard, and how Danny de Vito (who was originally considered for the part of Vizzini) would have been better than Wallace Shawn, but my responses to those criticisms are a simple, “whatever”. Honestly I cannot imagine anyone else being cast into any of these roles. And perhaps that’s because I’ve grown up with the movie for the past 25 years and so any deviation from the original is just inconceivable, but that’s how I feel.

Secondly, it offers something for every one. Whether you enjoy comedies, romances, action, adventure, what have you, this movie has it all.

My all time favorite scene is the fencing scene, which involves Inigo and Westley (The Man in Black). Beautifully choreographed, the first time I saw it, I couldn’t decide whom to root for because I wanted them both to win. I also enjoy the scene with Miracle Max. I find it hard to believe that Billy Crystal ad-libbed many of the lines. And who can forget the hilarious wedding scene with Peter Cook as The Impressive Clergyman.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, buy the movie and find out!

Yes, I am a total Princess Bride geek. I know all the classic lines by heart, and have gone through multiple copies on VHS and recently DVD. This movie never gets old. I promise, once you have seen it, you will want to watch it over and over again. 🐱

For more on the Entertainment Weekly cast reunion, click here.

Cameron’s Review of Dune (1984 Movie) directed by David Lynch

Thank heaven’s I listened to the folks who told me to read the book before I watched this movie. Had I gone the other way around, I fear I would have been completely lost. Never in my life have I seen a movie more disjointed in its telling then this one. It felt like there were no transitions between major events, and the few transitions that were there were flat and poorly explained.

The use of the inner monologues, which run throughout the novel, were poorly dubbed and did little to enhance the plot. And the portrayal of the Harkonnen Baron was disturbing to say the least. In truth, the first time he appears in the movie, I had to fight the overwhelming desire to turn the TV off. True, the actual character in the book is not entirely mentally stable, but to physically see that instability depicted in a movie is just beyond creepy. At least with Sting’s character it was more a matter of physical appearance than actions. Sting has a truly wonderful psychotic facial expression through the movie.

For a movie that was produced in 1984, the special effects were well done. Nowadays most folks would consider the quality of the effects cheesy, but the depiction of the shield-filters worked well with what I had envisioned them to look like when I read the book. I will admit that the space creature who was responsible for folding time and space made absolutely no sense to me. I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to be and at this point, I don’t think I want anyone to try to explain it because it will more than likely just make my brain hurt.

Sting Photo: Universal Studios

The best bit of casting, besides Sting as the deranged Feyd-Rautha, was Patrick Stewart as Gurney. I only wish there had been more of him as I really liked his portrayal of the character.

So, if you are considering watching this movie but don’t know anything about Dune in general, I will offer the same advice that folks gave me, read the book first. Trust me, it will make more sense in the long run if you do.