Every person has movies that define their childhood. In my generation, The Goonies is much lauded and holds a special place of nostalgia in many hearts. Not mine, though – my very religious parents didn't like the part with the statue of David when a, erm, piece breaks off, so I didn't see it until later. I fell in love with films like the Star Wars trilogy (although my parents made me skip the scene in Return of the Jedi where Princess Leia is in skimpy underwear) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (in which I was required to close my eyes during the face-melting scene). I liked my big-budget action films as a kid, but I also liked to laugh, and so the movie that holds the number one place in my heart in relation to my childhood is: The Princess Bride.
Naturally, young boy that I was, I wasn't eager to see any movie with such a girly title, just as young Fred Savage isn't so keen on the book his grandfather has brought to read to him while he is sick in bed. It is, after all, a love story first and foremost: the young lady Buttercup falls in love with the stable boy Westley, who leaves to make his fortune so he can marry her. Unfortunately, reports arrive that his ship was taken by the Dread Pirate Roberts – and Roberts never takes prisoners. Crushed, she agrees to marry Prince Humperdink, a war-hungry man who hires men to kidnap and kill her, a crime for which a neighboring country will be blamed. But then the kidnappers find themselves pursued by a mysterious man in black...
Adventure, hijinks, sword-fighting, and huge laughs abound in The Princess Bride, which plays tonight at the Iroquois Amphitheater for their Monday Night Movie Series. Admission is free and the show starts at 8:30.
Iroquois Amphitheater is located at 1080 Amphitheater Road in Iroquois Park.
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