The Princess Bride Review: A Love Story for a Lifetime


The Princess Bride is a heartwarming romantic comedy filled with heartbreak, adventure, and a happy ending. It is a great story that will lead people to watch it over and over again. Although, that’s all it is: a story. This story goes through the events starting with the blossoming of the love between Westley and Buttercup to the main characters defeating the villains and riding off into the sunset. It is bursting with kidnapping, murder, duels; it is so action-packed that it is “INCONCIEVABLE!”. But it is also filled with heartache, love, and compassion. It has all your favorite movie genres put into one.

This movie was written by William Goldman. An interesting thing to know about this is that when Goldman was trying to come up with what to write about he asked his two daughters for ideas. One of the daughters said to write about a princess while the other one said to write about a bride, and that is how the inspiration for The Princess Bride sparked. After the book became a big hit, Goldman wrote a screenplay and found a director, Rob Reiner. The film adaption took almost 12 years, as Goldman struggled working with the studio that owned the book’s rights, and he lost two of the main studio heads. Goldman was eventually able to buy back his own book rights to make this movie. Rob Reiner had to go through 500 Buttercup auditions to find the right one, Robin Wright. She played alongside Cary Elwes who had real feelings for Robin and vice versa. After Robin Wright said the feeling was mutual, she said,” So obviously that helped our on-screen chemistry.” Other cast members included Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Peter Cook, and Mel Smith. This movie was filmed in England and Ireland.

I love that the heartwarming feeling wasn’t just in the movie itself, but also behind the scenes. Knowing that love, drama, and friendship also happened behind the scenes makes viewers like me feel that the story is more real. The chemistry between Westley and Buttercup went on through the whole movie, but there was a certain moment in the film that proved the chemistry was real. I believe that moment was when Westley looked into Buttercup’s eyes and said, “As you wish,” while meaning “I love you.” It gave me goosebumps. Chemistry was not just between Westly and buttercup, but between friends Inigo Montoya and Fezzik as well. The two characters just started off as having to work for Vizzini, but later they got separated because of Vizzini’s death after a battle of wits. They reunite after Westley was taken and that is when their friendship comes to the light. There was no acting needed when it came down to having good friendships and chemistry. That is the kind of things I love when watching a movie.

In the beginning of this review I mentioned the fact that this movie will make you want to watch it repeatedly. What makes a movie so rewatchable? This movie has been around for almost 35 years. Considering people to this day are still talking about it, there must have been something special. The Princess Bride is an uplifting movie; it is meant to make people feel good and relieve their stress. That is exactly what it ends up doing to people like me. On the other hand, people who were kids when the movie came out, like my teacher Mr. Sain, just felt like the movie was good at first. Mr. Sain says, “The more I watched The Princess Bride, the more I’ve grown to love it. I don’t feel like the sick little boy listening to the story now. I’m more like the grandpa reading the story. I feel like I connect with the Princess Bride when I do things like read to my daughters.” Mr. Sain also really likes Andre the Giant who plays Fezzik. An interesting thing to know about Fezzik is that he was supposed to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Although, once Robin Wright was ready to film the movie, Arnold became so famous that they couldn’t afford him. The crew eventually found Andre the Giant and was perfect for Fezzik. And that’s what this film did. It found perfection, which has made it a great rewatchable film for all generations.