09 March 2013

Family Movie Night Classic: The Princess Bride


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This is one of my all-time favourite movies and I couldn't wait to share this with my kids. In my eagerness I may have jumped the gun a bit - we first watched this back in 2008. Dash was only five and Miss Fab was barely four. Scrag of course was asleep in his crib at the time. 
Because there are a few scary bits in it we sat with our trigger-finger poised ready on the remote, to skip past the screaming eels and the fire swamp. 
If you know the movie as well as I do, it's very easy to fast-forward past these bits, if you are watching it with very young children. Now that our kids are older, we can all enjoy the movie without the need for the trigger-finger action. Except maybe hitting "mute" for the screaming eels...

This film was made in the 1980's but hasn't lost any of its coolness over time. It's an absolute cult classic; I know it off by heart and the Wedding Scene was actually shown at our wedding. 
Now, after all these years of watching and re-watching The Princess Bride, the sayings have become a part of our language. "Inconceivable!"  (said with a lisp, of course)
Just the other day we were driving in the car and Dash suddenly came out with: "My name is Inigo Montoya... you killed my father... prepare to die!".
What can I say? We love this movie.



KID WATCHABILITY - When we first watch it five years ago, the movie held both Dash and Miss Fab's attention and there were lots of questions. Dash liked the adventure, pirates and fighting bits, Miss Fab liked it because there was a beautiful Princess in it. They also liked the humour - of which there is PLENTY. This is a very funny movie.
SCARY BITS - For young kids like ours were, I would fast-forward past the Screaming Eels, the Fire Swamp and the torture chamber scenes (you don't see anything but it is a little dark in mood). The rest is great.
GROWNUP WATCHABILITY - Fantastic. One of my favourite movies, so many classic lines. Mr G had never seen it until I introduced him to it (where has he been to have never seen it???!!). This is a family movie night classic for us now, and we have even had a theme night with another family.


If you haven't seen this movie where have you been? you should. Soon. Now. ASAP. It makes for a great family theme night too. Invite another family and have a Royal Dinner followed by watching the coolest 80's flick ever...

We give The Princess Bride ♥♥♥♥♥



Princess Bride Theme Ideas (to Make Your Movie Night even more Super-Cool-Fab)

It's a lot of fun (and very easy) to have a Princess Bride Theme Night. When we did this with our friends, the kids helped me decorate the table in royal style; we had a roast and wine/grape juice in silver goblets and all dressed up in Royal Attire. Borrow ideas from our Fancy Theme Dinner and Royal Ball Party...

Royal Soda Bottle Printables
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