Thursday, May 26, 2011
Directed by Rob Reiner
Starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, André The Giant, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Mel Smith, Fred Savage, Peter Falk
The Princess Bride is a genuine 80's adventure classic. It's held up high by critics everywhere and it has a strong fan base which thinks it's a true cult classic. I found it to be fucking boring, irritatingly wannabe silly, not funny at all and overrated to say the least. So why is this film revered so highly? I tried to analyze the said question and actually and honestly couldn't find a single reason. The adventure itself must've looked good on paper but the execution is joyless, flat and even arrogant. I've also been planning to finally see the other legendary Reiner/Guest-collaboration, This Is Spinal Tap (1984) but this was such a set back that I think I'll need time to build back my confidence. This film thinks it's witty and ironic without being neither and humorous and adventurous ending up being plain stupid. For a proper entertaining 80's fantasy adventure, turn to Willow (1988). I'll give one extra point for the few jokes that made me smile. A bit.
The Princess Bride at IMDb