The Princess Bride (1987)

dir. Rob Reiner. Fairytale about a farm boy who loses his true love and becomes a pirate, surviving several trials to be reunited with her, making friends along the way. A classic for a reason, full of hilarious quotable lines, and exciting sword fights. Brilliant ensemble cast, but I think Christopher Guest steals the movie as the softly spoken pain enthusiast with the surplus finger. The ending is perfect, with every storyline coming together in most satisfying, touching, and amusing ways. To wrap this up as a storybook being read by a Grandfather (Peter Falk), to his sick nephew (Fred Savage) is a masterstroke. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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