"Never go against a Sicilian, when *death* is on the line!"
Charming, and funny as hell. More romances need to be like this.This movie works on a couple of levels.
On one level, you've got the romance: the hero (Cary Elwes) searching for his beloved (Robin Wright) after he's been killed (more on that in a minute) and she's been taken by an evil prince (Chris Sarandon). There's that whole sword and sorcery feel to it.
On another level, there's the comedy. This movie is laugh-out-loud funny in so many places. It works, and it makes the film accessible to everyone. Kids will marvel at the sword and sorcery part of it, teens will dig on the romance (if they're girls) and the action (if they're guys) and adults will get all the jokes and sly wit. The best audiences will enjoy it as a whole.
The Princess Bride is smarter than the average film. It's a sly parody of those sword and sorcery movies, and it knows it. It's sly because it doesn't beat you over the head with its jokes, in the way a Leslie Nielsen movie does. The beauty is that you'll realize it too, and you won't mind at all.
It also helps that it's loaded with a great cast. It's probably the best flm that Cary Elwes has ever done (it's certainly the best role he's had) and Robin Wright (now Robin Wright Penn, of course) has never looked prettier. I don't think I've ever really liked any work that Mandy Patinkin has ever done, other than this film, and besides, it's got Wallace Shawn and Andre The Giant. You can't get much better than that.
A well-acted, charming film. Mark Knopfler's score is pretty cool, too. Enjoy it.Have fun stormin' the castle!