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Get used to disappointment.
on September 28, 2012
I adore this movie. When it first came out, I must have seen it 20 times in the theater and dragged everyone I knew to it. We had Rocky Horror style parties where we dressed up as characters and ate stew like the one Fezzik makes for Inigo. We lit lighters when the fireswamp spurted flames. So I have been celebrating the Princess Bride for a long time.
The book: not so much. It contains lots of polaroids from the production that appear to have been used for continuity. They are poorly lit, barely focused and don't add anything to "celebrate" 25 years of this movie. There are some movie stills, publicity shots and a few photos from behind the scenes. The text consists of an introduction by Rob Reiner and an afterword by Norman Lear who produced the movie. There are some pages of the movie script, a few set design images printed on vellum and a series of one-page reminiscences from the cast. There was nothing new there if you have seen the extras on the dvds over the years.
It could have been so much better. Especially at this price. Why not interview the guys who played the ROUSes or Yellin? A note from William Goldman might have been nice. If we are celebrating the movie, why not show its impact on the culture? Where has it been referenced? How many Buttercups and Westleys have trick-or-treated, gone to Comic-Cons or even gotten married?
It may be the only book available, but it's such a disappointment. A children's picture book with shots from the movie would have been a more appealing use of the stills.
For a movie that has lived and thrived for generations, this book does nothing to reflect that energy and appeal. Wait for it to show up in a bargain bin.