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★★★★★ Twenty-five years on from its initial release, Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987) has lost none of its ability to enchant. Adapting his own novel, William Goldman toned down the post-modernism of the book, but enhanced its buccaneering adventurousness and swooning romanticism - whilst retaining a hearty dose of irony. Reiner worked the same magic as he did on Spinal Tap (1984), showing an innate understanding that parody only works if you stay faithful to the form you're lampooning. Accordingly, The Princess Bride works brilliantly as both a family fantasy romp and a delightfully idiosyncratic comedy.

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