Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion.– GoodReads
I love The Princess Bride definitely one of my favorite books, and favorite movies ever. I also just love Cary Elwes in general. I had this book for about two years, I found out it existed, rushed to buy it and put it on the TBR as I do with every book. :DDDD
Finally though it’d been staring at me long enough and now that I’m in a situation where I can’t have all my books in the house (until we’re in our own place) I have to rotate out books. The more I read, the more I get to change them out for different books. Cary’s handsome face stared at me long enough from this cramped bookish room, I grabbed the book up and dove in.
And I’m so glad I did.
The book is a memoirs told by Cary but not only is there a foreword by Rob Reiner, there are little tidbits from the cast through the book giving their reactions on what Cary is discussing so we get to see their point of views too throughout the book.
There are facts I never knew and the photos included were great.
Seriously, I would never have guessed the injury Cary sustained while filming and I went back to rewatch the movie right after finishing the book just so I can see what Cary meant and now I can’t unsee it, I love it!
Elwes has an easy to follow writing style and he’s not making the events sonorous but breathing new life into them which a movie like The Princess Bride so richly deserves.
It’s not long, but the things that are shared are interesting and great for any fan of the movie. I love that Elwes loved the book before getting cast for it as did a couple of other cast members, and I loved reading about this fantastic bond they all had in the making of it. (Reminded me of the LoTR cast)
Pacing is well done since Elwes doesn’t just write to ‘hear his own voice’ he’s sharing his memories in a way that makes you feel as if you’re right there in that moment with him. As if this movie wasn’t made 34 years ago. I certainly got teary eyed at some parts, just reliving the first time I saw this movie and how much it means to me.
It’s not a literary masterpiece but neither is it anything to sneer at. A solid read and a great memoir especially for fans like myself. 5/5 cups of coffee from this Caffeinated Reader!