The Princess Bride

Review by Marisa Stokley


About the Movie

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians, and rodents of unusual size. But even death can’t stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.

* Movie description is courtesy of JustWatch

My Thoughts

Is there any movie more perfect, more hilarious, or more heartfelt than The Princess Bride? Yell, “Inconcievable!” to any random person and their response may indicate a resounding no. This parody of fairy tales, romance, and literature has been beloved for the past forty years for good reason: It brings joy to all who watch it. Based upon a book of the same name by William Goldman, The Princess Bride is both a product of its time and timeless. Fairy tale creatures and characters sprinkle wisdom and humanity–and a bit of fear–throughout the story, princes and princesses fight for true love and the throne, humor is exaggerated and witty, and a unique narration device frames the story in a fun way. This movie truly is a great fit for lovers of royalty, fairy tales, and literature. As much as I love this movie just as it is, I’m also excited about the idea of being remade with modern movie-making techniques and features. If it was so well done in the 1980s, imagine what The Princess Bride could look like in the 2020s. 

I watched The Princess Bride on Disney+ of my own choice. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.