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Flawed but fun...
I remember watching this film when I was about 7 and loved every moment of it.
Robin Hood: Prince of thieves is not a great film, but it is a very good one. From the beautiful scenery and the costumes, to the riveting action sequences and fights. Alan Rickman is very funny as the Sheriff of Nottingham (he's an awesome actor), Kevin Costner is suitably handsome and charming enough to make any girl want to be a damsel in distress, Morgan Freeman brings much-needed warmth to his character and makes him believable.
If you can look past the early 90s hairstyles, dodgy accents and the occasional cheesy dialogue then this is just the perfect film to watch with all the family and recall (if you are my age)the nostaglia of childhood. 8 and a half/10 All together now... "Look in to my eyes, and you will see what you mean to me..."
The Princess Bride (1987)
Possibly one of the most enjoyable films ever made...
"As you wish..." "Inconceivable!" "My name is Inigo Montoya..."
I love this film so much.
From its opening scenes of the young boy being read a story by his kindly Grandfather to the romance, action, adventure and fun of the fairy tale. The Princess bride tells the tale of the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her true love Westley (Elwes)who become separated through the course of an unfortunate event involving some pirates. Westley's destiny is to rescue Buttercup from the clutches of an evil Prince so that they might be together again. Yet he's not bargained on some of the wonderful characters that he will meet (and befriend) along the way...
This film is so deliciously acted, made and written that it is a treat to watch.I've lost count of how many times I've seen it now. But every time I still gain the same enormous amount of pleasure from watching it. A movie that is a delight for the young and just as much fun for everyone else.
The actors are all superb in their roles ('perfect casting' does not come close to describing it!) A young Cary Elwes is suitably dashing as our cocky hero (check out the sword fighting!)and Robin Wright is good as the beautiful Buttercup. Mandy Patinkin is great as the vengeful Inigo Montoya who utters that famous "you killed my father. prepare to die" line. Everyone else gives there all, including Christoper Guest, Chris Sarandon (as the main villian), Wallace Shawn, the late Andre The Giant,Mel Smith, and Billy Crystal.
Even though it is about 18 years old, the humour and sly jokes are still as sharp today as they were back in 1987.You know you are watching a great movie when you here Elwes' "To the pain..." speech near the end. You've probably seen The Princess Bride. If so...go and watch it again. Right now, and remind yourself how good it is! And if you haven't- what are you waiting for? Go and check it out now! It's worth it! Hands up who can quote this entire film off by heart! ;)
Watch out for:
The R.O.U.S's Elwes' and Patinkin's Sword/word fight The Miracle Max scene When our heroes storm the castle (Go Inigo! Go Inigo!) Elwes' "To the pain..." speech. (Superb. Shows what a great (and unfortunately underused) actor he is)