When we were little, my sisters and I used to pretend sword fight around the house saying, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Yeah, my family has loved The Princess Bride for just about as long as I can remember. In fact, I can only think of one person I have ever met that doesn’t like The Princess Bride. It is just so quotable! When we were watching, K said that she thought she could quote the entire thing, word for word, and I didn’t doubt it. I mean, who didn’t quote “No more rhyming, I mean it/Does anyone want a peanut?”
But, as for the movie itself, it is definitely a movie with something for everyone. Like the grandpa says at the beginning, there’s “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.”
The movie starts with a little boy home sick playing old school video games. His grandpa comes for a visit and reads him a story called “The Princess Bride”. This story centers on Buttercup and Westley, played by Robin Wright (in her first movie) and Cary Elwes respectively. They are both good, but I have always loved Cary Elwes since seeing this movie. He is dashing and handsome. Robin Wright is sufficiently pretty to be the princess bride, but she really doesn’t have much else to do. When they are stuck in the fire swamp, she is of absolutely no use to anyone.
Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant are also terrific in this movie. Mandy is a Spanish swordsman who has sworn to kill the six-fingered man who murdered his father. Andre is the super strong, but very gentle giant who helps Mandy out. Okay, so really everyone in this movie is so darn good that it’s hard to find someone who isn’t wonderful. Chris Sarandon plays the nasty prince who chooses Buttercup to be his bride, only so he can murder her and start a war with a neighboring country. Christopher Guest plays his companion and cohort in crime, and also just happens to have six fingers (well, actually 11-I don’t anyone to think that there’s a villain running around this movie with a total of only six fingers). They are thoroughly enjoying being evil, but they do it subtly most of the time. Peter Faulk plays the grandpa, and he is always reliable, and Fred Savage is his grandson.
Then there are all the guest stars that add so much to the movie. Billy Crystal and Carole Kane play Miracle Max and his wife Valerie, and they have some of the most quotable lines in the whole thing. Well, except for Peter Cook, who is the clergyman performing the Prince and Buttercup’s marriage (Mawiage is what bwings us togevah today). Wallace Shawn is also incredibly quotable as Vizzini, who, in a way, brings all these characters together.
As for the polish for this movie, it was kind of tricky because there are so many polishes out there that fit with the whole princess theme. Instead, I decided to go in a totally different direction and chose Butter London’s Lady Muck. I know, an interesting choice, but I think it works. In one of the most memorable scenes in the movie (it actually kind of scared me as a child), an old lady confronts Buttercup and calls her all sorts of horrible names for letting her true love go. She calls Buttercup the queen of “rubbish, filth, slime, and muck,” so Lady Muck seemed like a different, but still appropriate polish. Plus, K and I really wanted to get a Butter London on the blog.
I totally adored this polish. The color is gorgeous. It is a grayish blue color with a rainbow of silvery shimmer. This picture is three coats, although I might have gotten away with just two. The polish did dry quickly, which you know I love, but that can also make it challenging to apply. This polish seemed to smooth itself out fairly well.
So, much like The Princess Bride, Butter London’s Lady Muck is well worth the time. And returning to over and over again. ~E