Head to Head – The Princess Bride

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Grant Stringer issued a warning: “Prepare to die”. He unleashed a fantastic attack against the legendary family film The Princess Bride. For his troubles, he picked up a double pass to Toy Story 1 and 2 (in 3D). You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Grant Stringer will argue AGAINST the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Grant Stringer – 1/5

One of the most over-rated films of all time (in my humble opinion) would have to be Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride. I know that millions of people find it funny, charming and quirky, but for some reason it has always struck me as dull, smug and obvious. I’m not even sure if I’ve ever watched it the whole way through: once it moves away from Peter Falk & Kevin Arnold and into fantasy-land, my mind goes numb. With rage. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fantasy, and I adore nonsensical comedy; it’s just that this film misses the mark by miles on BOTH counts. And if you try and play the “romance” card, I’ll punch you in the kidneys. This movie is about as romantic as Dawn of the Dead. I can sum up The Princess Bride’s popularity in one single, loathsome word: “Inconthievable!

Simon Miraudo – 4/5

Have you no soul Mr. Stringer? I agree that The Princess Bride isn’t the flawless classic some believe it to be, but I find it mind-boggling that you were unable to succumb to its undeniable charm. There is a real, classic romance to this picture. Over the past few years, as I am forced to endure more and more Katherine Heiglromantic comedies“, I’ve only grown to appreciate the heart of Rob Reiner’s flick. And what a cast! Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Andre the Giant. Sure, it’s not exactly the ensemble from Gosford Park, but they’re a lovable bunch. I know you didn’t want me to play the ‘romance’ card, but go and watch some recent romcoms, and then let me know how much you hate The Princess Bride. Seriously. Have you seen Fool’s Gold?

Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on The Princess Bride? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

6 Responses to “Head to Head – The Princess Bride”

  1. The Princess Bride – what's not to love?!Fabulous cast let loose on quirky characters; amazing scenery enhanced by beautiful cinematography; a storyline that is unpredictable; a storyline that can be watched and appreciated by all ages; laugh-out-loud comedy; one-liners that become part of your family's culture.But the best thing about this movie is that it spans so many categories. It can't be slotted into any stereotype and therefore it stands out one of the best "unclassifiable" stories.

  2. The Princess Bride is my all-time favourite movie – and I have seen a lot of movies. There is just something about this film that makes me happy every time I watch it. It's completely ridiculous and yet it's so much fun. It covers just about every genre including romance, adventure, magic, monsters, giants etc. It has a very funny cast and some of the best dialogue. It has to be one of the most quotable movies of all time. At the heart of the film though, it teaches us the value of spending time with your family and reading to your children, and also about the importance of love in your life whether it be with your friends, family or "true love". A film the whole family can enjoy.

  3. "I’m not even sure if I’ve ever watched it the whole way through"Inconceivable.+1 to Simon.

  4. I'm sorry bro, but you got no soul if ya hate this movie.1 to Simon.

  5. 1 to Simon…one of my favourite films of the 80s…

  6. I love all the positive stuff you are all saying about "The Princess Bride" but don't forget about the magical sound track by Mark Knopfler.

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