Tonight, the boys and I watched The Princess Bride together, for the first time.
I have a lot of favorite movies. They come in different categories - game-changers, after which my views about movies changed: Star Wars: A New Hope; Beauty and the Beast; The Matrix. Comedies that hit on every beat: LA Story, Real Genius. Action movies that taught me what a hero was: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi. And, movies like Empire Strikes Back, which taught me the only response to "I love you."
Princess Bride is one of those movies. Every beat hits. Every character shines. The story is well-written and smoothly flowing. The action is fun and daring, but provides a sense of danger. The laughs are non-stop. "No good - I've known too many Spaniards." "You keep using that word - I do not think it means what you think it means." "Have fun storming the castle!" "You've committed one of the classic blunders - the first is, never start a land war in Asia!"
I think the boys liked it, but it's hard to say. Three is no doubt that it's a slower movie than what they're watching today. The story breathes and takes its time to move rather than feeling that every second needs to be filled. It's a different style of movie than what they're used to watching.
Little Bear definitely loved the sword fights. The Boy gave an appropriate "Yes!" with fist pump when Count Rugen got what was coming to him.
Oh, well. If they don't love it tonight, they'll love it during the other 86 times they're going to watch it before they graduate high school.
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