#179: The Princess Bride (1987)

When and how did I watch this?

November 28th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account

Had I seen this film already?

This is easily the most viewed movie on the list, and will remain so the rest of the way, forevermore.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I own the movie, constantly quote lines in conversation, follow the movie Facebook page, have a t-shirt, and “As you wish” is inscribed on our wedding rings.  I don’t think I know everything about the movie, but it’s close.

What do I know about it now?

I attempted to find “new” things in the film, but that’s pretty much impossible, so I examined it from the perspective of why it’s on the list and what people might find appealing in it.  Many of the same attributes exist: cinematography, acting, delivery of characters and story, and timelessness are all of pinnacle quality.  The sword fight scene rivals the combat in Ip Man, and likely tops others on the list.  It never takes itself too seriously. After watching Annie Hall, I realized how clever the dialogue is.  While it borders on whimsy, it’s done intentionally.

What are some themes in the film?

Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

Did this affect me personally?

It has affected my whole life.

Why is this ranked #179?

Because people want a serious movie, or they haven’t seen it.  No, it doesn’t belong way up top.  But it unquestionably belongs on this list, and I think its ranked accurately.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Every girl I’ve thought might be my wife someday is pretty much obsessed with this movie.  It wasn’t mawage criteria, but I’m realizing it should’ve been the first question I asked.

Would I watch it again?

I will watch this film as long as I have eyes, and when those fade, my ears will do just fine.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

All of my best friends think this movie is awesome.  If you don’t, it’s likely you’re not a friend of mine, so why would I recommend it?

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Without bias, this really does belong on the list.  It’s not a “classic” movie — you won’t find it on most serious movie lists — but in terms of cultural significance and impact on cinema, I believe it is an all-time favorite by popular demand.

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