Nat thought – the best ironic fairy tale you’ll ever see.
If I had my way, a top ten would include an inordinate number of films, but each one would still have the importance it deserves from being in a person’s top ten. Unless you’re one of the four people in the world who insist they don’t like films, I’d reckon most people watch one or two a week. Multiply that by a few decades and I’m sure you can see that ten is just not enough for a top ten.
So when I say 1987’s The Princess Bride is in my top ten all-time best films, just know that even though I could easily say that for about a hundred films, you’re not to think any less of that accolade, OK?
I knew nothing about The Princess Bride when I went to see it in the cinema, other than it starred Robin Wright, and I was currently entranced by her character Kellie Capwell in the silly 90’s soap Santa Barbara – yeah, ummm, let’s pretend I didn’t just say that.
Now perhaps unfairly, and because she plays a character called Princess Buttercup, my expectations were not that high. I thought – it’s her first film, she’s a slightly (cough) attractive blonde playing a princess for god’s sake. It’ll just be a piece of fluff. It’s not like Kellie Capwell will actually attach herself to something with any substance for her first film, right?
That’s her, being all priincessy and peasasnty at the same time.
How very ignorant of my teenage self. Not to mention sexist. And blondeist. Then again, this role hardly stretches her acting ability, and certainly doesn’t allude to the talent you can see later in films like Forest Gump, The Crossing Guard and White Oleander. But she was 21 and known only for a soap, so landing her first film role in a movie that went on to become a cult favourite is not bad work for a newbie.
The Princess Bride begins with a young, sick boy who is home from school for the day and being looked after by his grandfather (Peter Falk/Columbo) , who brings along a book to entertain him.
Initially unimpressed (see above), and worried it will be a “kissing book”, the boy and the audience quickly figure out this is not your usual fairy tale. No, this is a fairy-tale parody. Continue reading