Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Milwaukee Film Festival: "The Princess Bride"

Due to work and my rehearsal/performance schedule we weren't going to get to many of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival offerings, but did decide to make time to get to the Oct. 6th showing of "The Princess Bride," which celebrated 25 years since the debut of this unique film. Georgie and I had both read the novel prior to the film's opening and went to see it eagerly. We've loved it ever since, and were glad to have the opportunity to see it on the big screen again.

It's worth noting that the Milwaukee Film Festival, now, I believe in it's third incarnation (at least), seems to be running smoothly. On-line ticket purchase worked well, and they had lots of enthusiastic volunteers in evidence at the Oriental Theatre when we were there.

"The Princess Bride" is one of those movies that is practically perfect as it is, for what it is. Adapted from his own novel by William Goldman, one of Hollywood's finest screenwriters, it could hardly fail, but one might have wondered how well a film based on a send-up of Sabatini-esque sentimental adventure novels would have done. For those of us who loved those kind of novels and movies, it is a charming and cherished homage.

I'm struck by how many phrases from the movie have entered at least our personal vocabularies: "As you wish." "Inconceivable!" "I am not left-handed." "Get used to disappointment!" "Never match wits with a Scilian when death is on the line!" "Iocaine powder." "Only mostly dead." "Have fun stormin' da castle!" "Rodents of unusual size." "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." (and variations, such as, "Hello, my name is Batman--.") "The Dread Pirate Roberts." "Mawaiage." And of course, "True Love."

I class the film as "practically perfect," since I know some people don't find the Peter Falk/Fred Savage framing scenes congenial, but I found them to be less intrusive than on prior viewings. Also, there's the insipid theme song, which, having re-heard, I have a hard time getting out of my head, but these are minor flaws.

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