Twenty-five years ago, audiences were introduced to a movie that has become one of the greatest and most beloved romantic comedies of all time in The Princess Bride. This cinema classic has stood the test of time. It’s still just as enjoyable today as it was when it originally debuted in theaters in 1987. Whether one is a fan of the comedy drama or fantasy and romance, The Princess Bride is able to appease audiences of all three genres. So what is it that makes it such a timeless work? It all starts with the writing. It’s a simple love story with more than enough romance, sword fighting, and satire to appease both male and female audiences. Along with the writing, the acting of Cary Elwes and Robin Wright (and their supporting cast) and the directing of Hollywood legend Rob Reiner play their own role in the movie’s success. And now in its twenty-fifth year as one of the movie industry’s greatest movies, the bonus features included in the latest re-issue make it that much better.The writing behind The Princess Bride is one of the biggest factors in the success of the movie. This movie isn’t the first time that a movie has ever been adapted from a book. That the story would actually be told from the book in the movie itself is in itself a funny joke. [Rob] Reiner doesn’t mention anything about this in the additional commentary, but one can’t help but laugh at the thought that here is a story being told on screen within the context of a movie that has been adapted from the same book being read to the then very young Fred Savage. Staying in that same vein, the movie does change a few things here and there. But for the most part, it makes a valiant effort to stay true to author William Golding’s book by the same name. Knowing this serves to make the movie that much more enjoyable.
The writing behind The Princess Bride is enjoyable as it tries to stay so close to the original book by William Golding. Add in the acting of an all-star cast and the movie becomes even more enjoyable. The chemistry and comedic timing of Cary Elwes and his castmates makes for so much laughter throughout the course of the movie’s near two hour run time. Those laughs brought on by the cast’s acting are clean laughs. As Reiner notes in the commentary, it’s clean enough for audiences of all ages to enjoy, which is part of the reason for the story’s longevity. Audiences will also thrill at Rob Reiner’s comment in the bonus feature, “True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon” that no one but Cary Elwes and Robin Wright could play the roles of Wesley and Princess Buttercup. And audiences will agree with that sentiment, too in watching the new interview included in this new edition.
Reiner’s commentary and his sit down with Elwes and Wright add so much more context to the acting and the writing that makes The Princess Bride such a wonderful adaptation. His sit down with Elwes and Wright are new additions to this newest edition of the classic flick. Along with it, this edition also culls the special features from the movie’s previous DVD releases for the first time. There’s also a new feature title, “Love is Like a Storybook.” It offers a more in depth look at specific elements of the story, making for that much more appreciation for the whole thing. All combined, the bonus features and the commentary make this classic story that much better. Add in great acting and equally impressive writing, and it goes without saying that The Princess Bride will continue to be a fan and family favorite for another quarter of a century.
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