This is not a good movie. This is not a funny movie. This is not a movie worth watching, I might have walked out on this movie in the theatre. I wasted 2 hours of my life trying to be one of the “in crowd.”
Count me in on that. Some friends dragged me to see it back in 1987, and I would have fallen asleep were it not for their nonstop haw-hawing. 100 minutes of winking, self-conscious cutesiness, with an excruciating musical score smeared over it like vanilla frosting. Ugh.
Yep, me four. And I’m sorry, I LOVE Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, but their whole schtick is just NOT FUNNY in this movie. It’s awkward and goes on way too long. If I must watch a fantasy movie from that era, give me The Neverending Story, please.
It would probably help if you read the book first. I loved the book when it first came out (I am old) and years later read the book with my kids before I took them to the movie which was just coming out. We all still love it. It’s a silly story about TRUUUUUUUUUU LUUUUUUV, YMMV To this day whenever I ask my husband to do anything he responds “As you wish” Yeah, we’re lame.
I love The Princess Bride, but then I’ve been watching it since 1987.
In the book, it’s told with the framing device of a Dad* finding a copy of the book he liked from when he was a kid when his Grandfather had read it to him, and then the author realises his Granddad was heavily abridging it on the fly, so he is now presenting to us that abridged version. Whenever he gets to the parts that are cut out he interrupts the story with some hilarious complaint about his home life.
*A fictional version of William Goldman, who wrote the book and the screenplay