"The Princess Bride" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/06/12
This charming post-modern fairytale was adapted by William Goldman from his own book, and it's the witty script crammed with knowing humour and likeable characters that makes it. Technically, it really isn't that great; the direction from Rob Reiner is flat and lacklustre as he clearly has no idea how to handle action. The score is also appalling; it sounds like someone was just making it up as they went on an 80s home organ. But there are so many funny, quotable lines and fun characters it hardly matters. Cary Elwes is as wooden as ever, but it works in the context as he is a virtual parody of a smug swashbuckling hero very much in the vein of Errol Flynn. The fantastic supporting cast are all great as well, including Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest as the foppish villain, Peter Cook with a hilarious speech impediment and best of all, Mandy Patinkin as a vengeful Spanish swordsman. Great fun, and probably one of the best films of its type.