Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monster, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.
Oh, and it’s also one of the most endlessly rewatchable tales ever committed to screen. As beloved as “The Princess Bride” has become, it’s hard to believe it didn’t do much business in theaters. It was thanks to the home video market (you see kids, back during this time, streaming was called “renting videotapes”) that Rob Reiner’s adventure of Westley, Buttercup and company found its rightful place in the culture.
It’s just good fun overall. And what really earns it the “family drama” label is that the fantasy tale is bookended by a wizened older man (Peter Falk) reading the story aloud to his grandson (Fred Savage), just as so many of our own grandparents did once upon a time.