May Movie Night Discussion: The Princess Bride

Alright, peeps. Let the Virtual Chick Flick Comfy Couch Night Meeting come to order!

May’s movie was the classic family flick The Princess Bride. Well, I think it’s a classic, anyway. And I think it’s a family flick, too, although some would argue it’s not so much. Perhaps you didn’t? If you didn’t, I don’t want to know; just sleep well… I’ll most likely kill you in the morning. Possibly you are next in line to be the Dread Pirate Roberts? Perhaps you have strong feelings about rhyming? I hereby open up the discussion.

(And, don’t forget, I need your suggestions for our movie for June.)

15 thoughts on “May Movie Night Discussion: The Princess Bride

  1. I get to start first? Oooh, I’m all nervous. And stop rhyming I mean it!

    anybody want a peanut?

    Ok. Seriousness now. I will date myself by saying I got the honor of watching this movie as a kid in theater for Halloween one year. Best Halloween ever! I think it’s a family movie, we let our 7 year old watch it for the first time and he LOVED it, which makes it a classic. What’s loved by one generation and then the next, makes something classic, right?

    Also, who hasn’t ever looked at their partner and said ‘Farm boy, fetch me some(fill in the blank). Husband loves it when I do that to him.

    Actually he usually grumbles that if that movie had been real, Wesley would have clubbed Buttercup over the head the third time she pulled that stunt on him.

    Or some such nonsense


    PS. Who doesn’t jump when the ROUS comes out? I jump every single time!

  2. I agree with Tova. Family film, also classic. Also relieved I’m not first.

    Yes, it has some blood and gore, some scary stuff,and yes even kissing, the audience is warned up front. Both of our girls have seen it. It’s a family favourite.

    We quote the movie around here too. Some days the girls are sent off to school with “Have fun stormin’ the castle”. Of course, “As you wish” is a term of affection. Various bits of Vizzini’s speech are quoted on occasion.

    Overall I like the story. I like that good eventually wins, but it sure isn’t easy. I like the cuts to The Grandfather reading to his sick Grandson. I *love* that we had to pause the movie the first time the girls watched it, because they were complaining about the same things The Grandson was.

  3. So here’s a question: Who would you say the “hero(es)” of the story is (are)? Because over time, I’ve found my opinion of the “hero” and what that means to the story have changed considerably.

  4. Hero…hmmmm…probably Mad Max. 🙂 One of Billy Crystal’s finest moments. Or Inigo.

    Just an aside: husband has a plain black shirt that he bought that has a design printed on it that looks exactly like a ‘hello, my name is:’ sticker. And the blank space is filled in with the ‘hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed…’ quote.

    It’s the best. People either read it and go, Huh? or laugh their heads off.

  5. Fred Savage’s delivery of, “Is this a KISSING book?” kills me every time.

    REally, the whole thing is so full of quotable lines it’s ridiculous. Aside from the classic, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya”… I have used “You ARE the brute squad”, “Have fun storming the castle!”, “I’m not left handed either!” and many more I am sure. And I constantly call things ‘the pit of despair’.

    I always thought it was sort of a partnership of frailties rather than one hero. Wesley, Inigo, and Fezzik – none of them would have made it to the end without the others. Wesley would have been dead at the bottom of a cliff, or crushed by a rock, or still in the pit of despair. But Inigo helped him up, Fezzik missed on purpose, and then Fezzik & Inigo rescued him (after Fezzik rescued Inigo from himself.) So, you know…. you gotta have friends is sort of the take-away message for me.

    Also Buttercup annoys the crap out of me, to be honest.

  6. @tafel — See, that’s what I came to as well. In the beginning I was all WESTLEYWESTLEYWESTLEY but over the years I am actually leaning more towards Fezzik and Inigo. They remind me a lot of the group in The Wizard of Oz — brains, heart and courage. Ish.

    I also agree about Buttercup. She’s anti-feminist, in a lot of ways. I know she’s the archetype of a fairy-tale princess and all but sheesh. She sure ain’t no Dorothy.

  7. Thanks for making me snot my Ethiopian food with that one!


    Also agreed about Buttercup. My favorite scene that involves her is when she kisses her almost FIL and he says ‘She kissed me!’

    Another question: Has anyone read the book? I haven’t, and have been told it ruins the movie to read it.

  8. I’ve read it – I don’t remember thinking it ruined the movie. It’s quite funny actually, William Goldman writes as if it is an abridgement of a long historical novel that his grandfather used to read him. So it has his comments about parts that he cut out, etc.

  9. I read the book too. It actually fleshes out the characters a lot more, especially Buttercup, making her less of a cardboard cutout and more of a real character.

    I think it’s fun to read the book after seeing the movie — especially knowing it so well. You hear the characters’ voices in the narrative then, and also, in that way, the movie is quite faithful to the book, IIRC.

    For a long time this was my favourite movie of all time. In many respects it is still right up at the top of my list. I just think for the most part it is note-perfect. It started a long-term love of Cary Elwes, although recently he’s grown quite puffy and round-ish, so possibly he should avoid future outings in the Fire Swamp.

    We quote it all the time, too. “Have fun storming the castle” is big whenever I send That Girl off to do something at the gym or in a class. And greetings are often met with “I no budge. Keep your ho there.” OMG HOW I LOVE MANDY PATINKIN.

  10. I read the book as well. I don’t think the movie ruined the story for me, or vice versa.
    I think that perhaps the hero is The Grandfather. It’s kind of like a story within a story. The Grandfather is visiting his sick Grandson, spending the entire day with him, sharing a story he loved. He pauses, and reassures The Grandson during the worrisome bits. He offers to not read the yucky kissing parts. And when he is leaving, he answers his Grandson’s request with “As you wish.”

  11. Ok. how did i completely miss this??

    you’d think i just brought home a two year old 4 months ago and was losing my mind slightly!

    Can I be part of virtual movie night?

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