Sunday, January 19, 2014

Movie review - The Princess Bride

  As my second post, I would like to introduce a movie I saw recently. The title is The Princess Bride and its genre is comedy, action and romance. This movie was dirrected by Rob Reiner and made in 1987. The main characters in the movie are Princess Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, and Westley. There are other characters like Inigo (the spanish sword fighter), Fezzik (the giant), Viccini (the smart guy), Miracle Max (one who brought Westly back to life), and Count Rugen (six fingered man). Let's watch the trailer before we start.

The Princess Bride official trailer

  Does this movie look interesting to you? I will tell a short summary about it. This movie was famous for an odd beginning. The movie starts with a grandfather reading a book to his sick grandson. The book grandfather is reading is The Princess Bride. The story goes like this. Buttercup loved a farm boy who always said "As you wish" to her. The farm boy was Westley. They both became other's true love and decided to marry. Although, Westley didn't have enough money for the marriage so he went out to earn money. One day, Buttercup hears news that Westley is dead. She was so depressed for years. Five years later, she is supposed to become the wife of Prince Humperdinck, but Princess Buttercup truely loved Westley. When the princess was taking a walk, she was kidnapped by 3 people; Viccini, Inigo, and Fezzik. Inigo and Fezzik were reluctant but Viccini made them do it. The three took her to the boat, but while sailing, princess found a ship and tried to swim to it. She failed because there were shreaking eels which eats human. When the four arrived at the Cliff of Insanity, they went up but the man in black followed. The man in black defeated the two and saved the princess from Viccini. The princess was terrified but relieved when she knew he was Westly. They tried to run away through the forest where fires burst out from the grounds and huge rodents go by. They were able to get through it but got caught by Prince Humperdink. Princess Buttercup wanted the prince to free Westly but the prince did not. He tortured Westly with a machine.
  Meanwhile, Inigo is on his way for revenge against the 6 fingered man with Fezzik. Inigo thinks he needs the man in black's help to do it. The climax of the story is the journey of Westly,, Inigo, and Fezzik taking revenge and saving the princess. I cannot spoil the ending but I can tell you that it is a 'happily-ever-after' story. So if you really want to know the ending, watch the movie!
  Even though the summary sounds fantastic, for me, the movie wasn't so good. To talk about the good points, it had comical points, and it talked about true love. However, everything seemed unconnected. I thought that the forest escape was totally off-story. The gigantic rodents were really abrupt and I thought it didn't fit into the story. Additionally, I felt that the character Viccini came out for nothing. He might have helped for Westly and Buttercup meet but it wasn't impressive.
  Since I'm now in GLPS, I need to think about leadership. One of the most important points of leadership was included in this movie. It was cooperation. Westly, Inigo, and Fezzik cooperated to meet their goals. In order to be a leader, I think you should know how to work together.

  In conclusion, I don't willingly recommend this movie but it is a movie you can experience. Since recent movies are so good, I might be comparing them even though I don't want to. If I just look at the movie, it was an innovation for the people back then, so it's not a harm if you just try once. 


  1. Seungmin- You did an excellent job writing your movie review. The introduction was very well-written and you gave a good explanation of the plot. I also like that you included a trailer for the reader to watch. Keep up the great work!

  2. Hi! I'm Elina. Good job! I like your detailed explanation of the plot! Personally, I like your unique font, too. (I'm just suggesting) It would be better if you include some pictures. Thank you for sharing your movie review!