This week on The Late Late Review Tom’s put on The Princess Bride for the first time – the Rob Reiner directed, Robin Wright starring cult classic.
Release Date: September 1987
Awards: Nominated for a couple, but didn’t win anything at the big ones.
Rating: a whopping 97% “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.34/10.
Let’s start at the beginning. A kid is ill, and his grandad comes to read him a story about a princess and a farm boy and her marriage after his ‘untimely death at the hands of a fearsome pirate’.
Ok, so the ‘story within the story’ is very clearly the main attraction here. The whole part about the grandad reading a story serves to allow the plot to be as ridiculous as possible – and boy does it run with that.
Robin Wright (you know, her out of House of Cards) is our damsel in distress. You’d be forgiven for thinking that she’s the main protagonist, but she really just gets swept along while all the blokes play fight – it’s the ’80s though, am I right?
I honestly don’t recognise anyone else in the cast except Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc.) who plays Miracle Max and Carol Kane (Lillian in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) who plays his wife. They’re in the movie for like five mins though, so don’t get too excited.
I do want to reiterate how daft the acting is in this movie. My favourite scene is where the Princess and “the man in black” (not Johnny Cash) fall down a hill. They’re rolling for an entire minute and the ADR (recording speech or sounds after filming) is HILLARIOUS. It’s honestly my favourite scene in the movie. The “oof” “aah” and “eek” noises are just ridiculous.
Being brutally honest, you can see why this movie didn’t bag any of the big awards, but don’t let that stop you from seeing it. Suicide Squad won awards, and that was crap, so it’s never a guarantee!
So anyway, it’s hammy, it’s farfetched, it’s ridiculous and it’s so much fun because of it. Honestly, if you’re looking for a movie to switch off to and have a laugh, this is the one.
You want an OTT sword fight? Check. You want a game of wits? Check. You want a dude with 6 fingers on one hand? That’s a bit weird… have you considered therapy?
Is there an iconic film or album you think I should have experienced by now? Let me know @MoveToTRASHUK #latelatereview