February 19, 2015

As You Wish...

I never walked into the studio yesterday. I read a book instead. Not just any book, mind you. I received this book for Christmas, and decided that I would sit down to read rather than sew.

I made a cup of tea after lunch and settled in with Cary Elwes' "As You Wish" about the making of the movie, "The Princess Bride".

Now, I need to tell you that "The Princess Bride" is my all-time, top of the list, favorite movie. Handsome and I have enjoyed the moving since it first came out in the late 1980s. It's charming, funny, clever and sometimes not at all subtle (hmmm. Not unlike Handsome). It's a movie that appeals to people of all ages, and is suitable for children. (Bonus!)

We have watched this movie with our sons and shared it with friends and other family members either in movie or book form for years. So, it was a logical step to read a book written by the leading man, who played Westley, the farm boy-turned-pirate.

The movie features an allstar cast, including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Andre' the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk and a young Fred Savage. The book and screenplay were written by William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner. After all these years, it has stood the test of time, reaching near cult status. Can you tell I'm a huge fan?

I don't want to give away anything that appears between the covers of this book, but I enjoyed seeing the making of the movie through Elwes' eyes. I was able to revisit scenes from the movie (which I've watched countless times), laughing and even crying once or twice. I highly recommend the book, whether or not you've seen the movie. 

But, if you haven't seen the movie, I'll recommend it to you, just as I have to all my family and friends. Download it, rent it - or just go out and buy the DVD. I know you'll want to watch it more than once. 

In case I've piqued your interest, here's the original trailer for the movie.
 Direct link: http://youtu.be/BnkfVvZ9q_0
 
I'm heading to Punta Gorda to the Peace River Guild's quilt show today. I'll be taking photos to share with you, and looking to see the latest goodies in the vendor booths. Have a great day and I'll be back to chat with you tomorrow.
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Createology said...

I don't believe I have ever seen "The Princess Bride" and it looks like something I would enjoy. Thank you for introducing it. How lovely to sit and read a book for a change. Here's to a "less complicated" time of life...

Sherry said...

I love that movie, I can watch it over and over. I know that my family would enjoy the book too. Thanks for sharing about it.

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