I’m watching and writing about the Top 100 Movies of All-Time this year, based on multiple film publication lists. You can read more about how I came to rank and place the films on the list at my introduction post here.
The Princess Bride
List Appearances: 4/10
Average Rank: 64
Highest Rank: 31 on Hollywood Reporter
Total Final Score: 1144
The Princess Bride is absolutely delightful. It can be classified as an adventure, fantasy, romantic comedy, fairy tale. It is endlessly quotable, endearing, and universally adored. Every time I watch it I find myself grinning from ear-to-ear and miming the lines with the actors. Even over 30 years since it’s release, it holds up for new generations to enjoy.
The charm of the movie comes from a certain child-like whimsy. William Goldman, the screenwriter of such great films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men, wrote the book in the early 70s for his daughters. Rob Reiner was one in a line of directors that aimed to adapt the book into a movie. It had sat in development hell for years with several actors tagged to play the part of Wesley, but the perfect blend was finally found. Reiner allowed the comedic elements the exact amount of time, instead of lingering on each line. Such as my favorite quote, “You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”, being delivered in a quick repetition that could very easily be missed. Reiner found the perfect cast to tell the story, from the grandfather, Peter Faulk, to Andre the Giant as Fezzik (my personal fave character). And he helped start the careers of many of the younger actors (Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin).
I must be honest, though. I have struggled to write anything further about The Princess Bride. It’s just an enjoyable, light-hearted movie that everyone should see sometime in their lives, if not several dozen times.