Yes, class, today we will be discussing the nuances of “The Princess Bride.” I speak specifically of the movie, directed by Rob Reiner and produced by Norman Lear.
It seems that each time I see this movie (yes, I own the video), which is now approaching 16 years old, I find something new. It never ceases to entertain me, though I suppose I’m a simpleton to some extent. Normally, I just follow along with the story and don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the minutiae, but this time, I saw something specific:
At the end of the movie, Peter Falk, the grandfather, responds to his grandson’s request to come back tomorrow and read the story again. His reply, “As you wish.”
Is it just me, or did this hark back to the beginning of the movie, when he was reading to the grandson that every time “Farm Boy” said, “As you wish” he was really saying “I love you?” If so, this was such a subtle nuance, that the grandfather was actually saying to the grandson, “I love you!” What simple complexity! What depth of dimension to add that one tiny detail.
So, class, am I the only one to observe this nuance? Am I reading too much into this? Are there other subtleties in this movie that add layer upon layer to the depth of this story that I have missed, and perhaps you have noticed?
Let the discussions begin!!