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Seven Things about The Princess Bride

stirling-castle-scotland-stirling-castle-64287 The Princess Bride is thirty years old this year and it is one of my favourite films.

If you have not seen this film I recommend you go and see it now. There are spoilers here. Also how is living under a rock going for you?

It is difficult to explain why I love this film so much but I will try. However I do feel the need to point out the one flaw I see in this film…

One

Creeping_butercup_close_800 The one thing I not only don’t like, but actually hate, about this film is the way Buttercup is portrayed.

During the fight in the fire swamp she is completely useless. She just stands there and does nothing to assist Westley. It really wouldn’t have hurt the scene if she had tried to attack the ROUS – even if it would have done nothing.

This is even more of a shame because later in the film Buttercup is able to stand up to Humperdinck. She is not a weak woman. I am not saying that she should have been a sword master but to just stand by while her lover is in such peril annoyed me.

Two

Hands Typing Typewriter Ancient Retro Classic Keyboard The dialogue in this film is wonderful. It is so quotable. If you have seen this film you know exactly what I am talking about.

‘Inconceivable.’

‘My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father prepare to die.’

‘We are men of action lies do not become us.’

‘As you wish.’

There are others of course. What is your favourite quote from this film?

Three

pexels-photo-194511 The framing devise of this film is interesting. It gives the film a real fairy tale feel. There is something so special about being read to.

When the Harry Potter books, and also the Abhorsen Trilogy, and His Dark Materials,were released we always read them on holiday in my family. Mum read them to us in a tent. It is a special thing. And in The Princess Bride I like that they do this.

Some might say that the Grandson’s interruptions are annoying and interrupt the flow. Perhaps though that is actually the whole point. I don’t think this detracts from the story. In fact I rather like it especially when, on learning that Humperdinck lives, the Grandson says: ‘Jesus, Grampa, what did you read me this for.

Four

pexels-photo-279626I have to mention Wallace Shaw. He really steals the show in this film.

Being a Trekkie I first saw Wallace Shaw as the Grand Nagus in DS9 – ‘It might be fun for you and me but its not fun for the beetle.’

The other actors are good too. Mandy Patinkin nails the part. There is a wonderful interview where he talks about his most famous line:

And how this helped him overcome the death of his father to cancer.

 Five

mountain-rocks-nature-sky-157758The fight. Thankfully this is not an out of place reference to a mediocre episode of Voyager. I’m referring to the fight between Inago and Westly. In fact that whole scene is just pure gold.

These two characters are, basically, accidental enemies. They have no particular malice towards each other but are on opposite sides.

They talk about their backgrounds, well Inago talks and Westly is evasive, before starting the fight. I don’t know anything about swords, so maybe this scene doesn’t work for a fencing aficionado, but the way they talk about the forms they are using always makes me smile.

Here is the scene. Enjoy.

Six

The battle of wits. This scene and, once again, I must mention Wallace Shaw, is wonderful. As I watch this again I am wondering if Vizzini actually knows anything. I think that most people, given this choice, would have admitted defeat – rather than a 50/50 chance of life. Regardless Wallace Shaw is wonderful as Vizzini.

 Seven

pexels-photo-247899 The Princess Bride was originally a book. It was written in 1973 by William Goldman – he also wrote the screenplay.

The Princess Bride, the film, is that rare thing – a film better than the book it comes from.

I have read the book and it doesn’t hold up compared to the film. Here is s summery of the differences…

One thing that the film might have benefited from is the inclusion of Buttercup’s parents. In the film it is rather odd that she seems to run the farm all by herself. The Zoo of Death could have been interesting but, as mentioned in the video, would have been difficult for a film to pull off.

So there you have it. The Princess Bride.

Conclusion

As I said at the top this is one of my favourite films. If you have not seen it I hope that I have done enough to encourage you to check it out. I assure you you will have fun.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The pictures here are from: https://www.pexels.com/

The Buttercup picture: by sannse, Great Holland Pits, Essex, 6 June 2004.

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Wedding

Friday was my brother’s wedding. It was an unconventional wedding, to say the least, but it was fun. The happy couple are…  happy. Yesterday was the reception which was unfortunately cut rather short as we were only able to book the place till 2300.

For this event I gave a speech. A title I considered giving it was ‘Operation Lead Balloon’

A speech like this should be hilarious and entertaining. This speech will differ in two important respects.
It is rather embarrassing to admit how tricky this speech was. I have a degree in writing. I should be able to rattle off a speech easily. It wasn’t so much that I had no ideas rather I had too many. So I finally decided to tell you the story of the speech.
My first thought was to begin in this way: Mawage. Mawige is wot bwings us together today. Much like zombies its been done to death. Also I don’t think Wichard would have appreciated it. I also didn’t think I could have sustained it for the next two hours. Richard and Steph
Richard and Steph met at Cardiff university sci-fi society. After some time Richard found the courage to ask her out. Somewhere along the way they fell in love. Love is the greatest thing in the world – except for a nice MLT, mutton lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean.
Sorry… where was I.? Love is the second greatest thing in the world. When you’ve been in a relationship for a long time: parents, uncles, aunts, grandparent, and, yes, brothers, start to ask the question of when you will marry.
Richard and Steph decided not to marry. It wasn’t for them. So if someone had asked me, a few years back, wherever I thought Richard would make someone a good husband; I would have said: ‘Certainly. That’s assuming the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation approves funding for his plans to build fully functioning android companions.
Obviously Richard and Steph changed their minds. I quickly went from being very happy to being slightly terrified. I didn’t consider having to put together a speech.
The next idea was to give the speech in the style of the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small un-regarded yellow sun.
Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet. On that planet, in a country named after a large marine mammal, too people celebrate their wedding.Steampunk
Then I thought I’d embrace my dyslexia and tell you that a wedding is defined as the process of removing weeds from one’s garden. This was too detached and not funny. Telling you that is called lampshade hanging. It’s what writers do to detract from their incompetence.
Over the years I have learned that, in a crisis, Richard is the person you want. That’s assuming he’s noticed the: massive alien space ship, tsunami, asteroid, or zombie apocalypses. He has moments of deep thought that are not necessarily related to what’s going on. Someone once described this as ‘Being off in Richard Land.’
I don’t blame him for this, okay that’s a lie, but his mind must be an interesting place. I have called upon him to explain various science things to me. When I expressed annoyance that it was so complicated be said. ‘Of course its complicated. It is rocket science.’
I digress… Once, many years ago, mum and dad were away and I was cooking. When picking the pan, off the gas hob, I accidentally set fire to the oven glove.
So there I was standing with this flaming glove on my hand. There was a sink right next to me. Did you know water extinguishes fire? I was as clueless as the Pleasantville fire department. Luckily Richard was there. He took the flaming glove from my hand – and extinguished it in the pond.
It is fortuitous that he’s found such a sensible wife in Steph.20140509_155803[1] I think of Richard as a mad scientist. He likes to take things apart – and usually can put them back together again.
I can well imagine Richard in a basement with bubbling… science stuff on retorts. Science stuff is the best this ape-descended digital-watchaphile can manage. Now I feel secure in the knowledge that Steph will be there to say: “Are you sure that’s such a good idea?”
Speaking of bad ideas… once when we went to Malta Richard thought it was a good idea to bring a gun. A spud gun. I can only imagine the eyebrow rising that came with seeing that on the x-ray.

Today Richard and Steph embark on the adventure of marriage. Every marriage is an adventure. I’m sure they will have a fantastic life together as they boldly go where others have gone before.
Had to shoe horn those words into this some how…

Its fair to say that Richard and Steph are a weird couple. And don’t misunderstand the word weird. It is not a bad thing. There is a quote going round the internet which is this:

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.’
This quote is sometimes attributed to Dr. Seuss. The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on their accuracy. As Abraham Lincoln once said ‘The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on their accuracy.’

Nevertheless this wedding is proof that Richard and Steph are different and unique. That sentence is proof that I’ve entered the realm of tautology. So it is also fitting that I end this speech before I start to repeat myself.
In closing this speech, before I repeat myself, I plan to fall back on tradition. It is traditional to offer advice to the married couple. So listen carefully: Do not go to Za’ha’dum, never tickle a sleeping dragon, don’t forget to be awesome, never get involved in a land war in Asia, and, always be sincere, whether you mean it or not.’
It only remains to say I wish you every happiness. I know you will have a glorious life together. May you live long and prosper.

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