As you wish.
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
You know the quotes and you can hear the characters themselves saying them in your head as you read them. Rumors have been going round Hollywood of some “big names” looking to remake the classic 1987 film, The Princess Bride. And I’m sitting here just asking, why?
There’s no doubt that the remake culture is strong in Hollywood right now with Disney being one of main culprits. They are currently in the process of remaking their classic animated films into live-action, CGI-filled “blockbusters.” But they aren’t the first. There are a ton of movies made today that are just remakes if films made in the 1950s and 60s with better acting and special effects. But again I ask, does The Princess Bride need this? I think not.
The film itself celebrated its 30 year anniversary and is acclaimed as the Wizard of Oz of our time since it ultimately bombed at the box office but has become a classic nonetheless. I myself have watched it hundreds of times from the time I was 7 years old, and almost 14 years later, the only quote on quoted “dated” parts of the film that I see is the R.O.U.S.’s (that’s rodents of unusual size for those of you who are not as familiar with the film), and the video game that is played in the beginning by the sick grandson. The costumes are amazing and the acting are casting are no doubt still some of the most memorable performances for the actors.
But maybe we are missing something from the source material? After all, the movie was based on the book if the same name written by William Goldman as an abridged version of Morgenstern’s classic love story. . If you do read the book, you will find that almost everything made it into the movie with a few minor changes.
Buttercup is not automatically beautiful but has the potential to be beautiful, and she is very dumb and dimwitted, much unlike Robin Wright’s portrayal. Prince Humperdink is a portly, round, and very unattractive man, who, instead of the Pit of Despair, has a Zoo of Death with a myriad of deadly animals that Fezzik and Inigo must defeat before rescuing Westley. There are also the additions of Fezzik and Inigo’s origin stories and how Vizzini came to find them, which I could see adding to the story and the characters, but it isn’t needed all that much and Vizzini hints to it in this quote:
I will kill her. And remember this, never forget this: when I found you, you were so slobbering drunk, you couldn’t buy brandy! And YOU! Friendless. Brainless. Helpless. Hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed? In Greenland?! Vizzini
There is also of course, the ending. I much prefer the movies ending, considering that Goldman couldn’t get the sequel of “Buttercup’s Baby” written before lawyers and lawsuits with the Morgenstern estate came into play. You can read more about that here.
But why else would “The Princess Bride” need to be remade? There is already a huge backlash after Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Tony Vinciquerra mentioned the idea of a reboot. The actors of the original film and fans around the world are crying no at the top of their lungs. So maybe there should be some mutual understanding between creators and their audiences. As Cary Elwes, the man who brought Westley to life on screen, said very fittingly in reply to the rumors:
There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. Cary Elwes
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