The Princess Bride (film, 2009)


A DVD review from Death Ray 16.

1987/98mins/12

Film: FIVE STARS Extras: FOUR STARS

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: William Goldman

Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk

One of the best fantasy films ever made gets a new edition.

The charm of The Princess Bride is almost overwhelming. Very rarely has a movie been made that is as funny, exciting and heartwarming.

At its big pink heart, it is a story about true love. It sounds nauseatingly sweet, and had it been adapted by any other than Goldman, the book’s author, it might well have been so. It is instead a superior fairytale, though getting young boys to see past the girly title can be a trial.

Farmboy Westley goes missing on an errand, leaving his sweetheart Buttercup to grieve. Years later, she is betrothed to the local Prince, who has no regard for her and has instead set her at the centre of his plans to provoke a war with the neighbouring kingdom. Want wisecracking, amazing swordplay and large rodents? As you wish. Top flight family entertainment.

DVD Extras: There’s a fair number on this re-release: four documentaries of varying vintage reveal plenty, including the fact that Cary Elwes now has a slight mid-Atlantic burr. Two audio commentaries from Reiner and Goldman provide the most interest, and there are the usual smatterings of photos, trailers and TV spots. Loads more than earlier releases, but the new transfer is not that much superior. If you don’t have this film already, now is the time to buy it.

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