The Princess Bride movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Despite violence, blood and minor language, The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale for children and families. Surprisingly, it’s a delightful, sometimes funny and very enjoyable story.


While sick in bed at home, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story about a poor farm boy who is in love with a princess and embarks on a quest to save his true love.

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Movie details

Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, André René Roussimoff, Fred Savage
Writer: William Goldman
Release Date (Australia): 3 December 1987
Runtime: 98 minutes/1h 38m
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic material such as scary scenes, revenge, depictions of large creature attacks and a man being tortured.

Violence (PG)

The film contains sword fights, stabbings, strangling and creature attacks, accompanied by depictions of blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains a use of the term “son of a bitch”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains a verbal reference to a woman’s “perfect breasts”.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

A mediocre fairytale saved by Rob Reiner’s pleasing storytelling and William Goldman’s satirical ideas. It all begins with an ill young boy’s grandfather reading him this story at home in bed, and although the child isn’t into the romance and the kissing stuff at first, he (and also we) become very engaged into what the entertaining tale has to offer.

It may be quite ordinary, but alike all other fairytales, there’s princes and princesses, heroes and villains, creatures and animals, and substantial touches of comedy, romance, action, adventure and fantasy. Of course, with all the different genres combining together, it’s not always completely interesting and there’s sequences that either are or aren’t engaging.

It’s a nice fairytale for children and families, but other than quick mentions of how the storytelling in the film is very appealing, the characters and situations all have a quirk to them, and it’s just witty to watch, it’s hard to say The Princess Bride is a true masterpiece. It’s suitable for anyone who’s read the book, but is a very expected fairytale.

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