Sweethearts Cinema Countdown #5

By: Phillip Sayblack | WNCT
Published: February 08, 2012

Good morning everyone.  It’s finally Wednesday again.  For those of you who probably don’t know, I’m actually on day seven of a nine day straight stretch.  So it goes without saying that I’m more than ready for the weekend.  I don’t know about you all.  I’m sure there are some of you out there who have gone through just as many days straight as me, if not more so.  Those who do know how tough it is.  Thankfully I’m off this coming weekend.  And I will be sitting down to watch some more movies and check in on some more new music.  Speaking of movies, we’ve got another pick in the Sweethearts Cinema Countdown.  My wife actually got me to give today’s pick a chance originally.  Since the first time I watched it, it’s become a favorite of mine personally.  And I feel that it’s one of the best romantic movies made in the history of Hollywood (and there are actually a lot of good ones).  From 1987, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, number five on the list is The Princess Bride.

For a medieval story, this is actually an enjoyable story, even for those who aren’t into romance or fantasy style stories.  For star Cary Elwes, it marked one of the first times that he had starred in such a work.  He would later go on to star in a similar work in Mel Brooks’ comedy, “Robin Hood Men in Tights.”  This story, however, was not a Mel Brooks work.  It was directed by none other than Rob Reiner.

One of the most amazing aspects of this story is the makeup.  Elwes’ co-stars Billy Crystal and Mandy Patinkin (Dead Like Me, Criminal Minds) were barely recognizeable.  Audiences couldn’t even tell that Crystal played one of the characters, if not for his voice.  Patinkin, on the other hand, was in one of his first starring roles here.  So it was no wonder that so few people would have recognized him.  If not for his eyes, and chin–yes his chin–it would have been fairly simple to mistake him for Pierce Brosnan (Mrs. Doubtfire, James Bond, etc.) or Timothy Dalton (The Rocketeer, James Bond, etc.)

Billy Crystal and Mandy Patinkin are not the only stars that fans have come to know over the years.  Reiner did an outstanding job casting the likes of Peter Falk (Columbo himself), wrestling legend, Andre the Giant (R.I.P.), and a very young Fred Savage, among others.

The Princess Bride is obviously not a Mel Brooks work.  It is not Mel Brooks funny, either.  But it is still a funny story nonetheless.  To even attempt to compare the two would be like comparing apples to oranges.  That being said, Rob Reiner and his cast of characters did a wonderful job of making such a funny, and enjoyable story.