The Princess Bride (1987) - Quotes - IMDb
BUTTERCUP is standing, holding the reins of her horse, while in the background, WESTLEY, in the stable doorway, looks at her. Buttercup is in her late teens; doesn't care much about clothes and she hates brushing her long hair, so she isn't as attractive as she might be, but she's still probably the most beautiful woman in the world.
The Princess Bride Movie Review - Common Sense Media
It is hard to believe that the film The Princess Bride is now 30 years old. For its anniversary, it will have a return to the big screen, with show-times across the country in mid-October. After numerous failed attempts to secure a movie deal, William Goldman’s story—he wrote the screenplay as well as the original story—finally made the transition to film, in 1987, directed by Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Sure Thing), who masterfully identified a perfect cast. Not a huge box office success in its initial release, the film has become a cult hit. With a combination terrific characters (and performances by actors well suited to their roles), memorable, witty dialogue (few films are as quotable), and a credible romance at its core, The Princess Bride holds up remarkably well.
The device of a story-within-a-story and of second-order commentary on the story renders the film highly self-conscious. Such self-conscious irony is also palpable in the way characters engage in banter in the midst of threats to life and love. But this is not the cold, detached irony that has become pervasive in our popular culture in the years since the release of The Princess Bride. Instead, it is a playful irony in which characters alternate between self-deprecation and self-revelation. It is the irony of classical comedy, which—even as it immerses us in plot lines that threaten to thwart our most fundamental desires for love and justice—winks knowingly at the audience as if to say, “Trust us. Things might look awful, but all shall be well.”