“The Princess Bride” has got a lot going for it. It’s perfectly cast, wonderfully written and beautifully directed. It’s got heartfelt moments, perfectly-timed comedy and some genuine tension.

Dang, it’s good.

What I always liked most about it, however, was the framing device. The story is told from the perspective of an older man (the late Peter Falk), sharing a book with his sick grandson (Fred Savage). Unless you’ve been living under a Rob Reiner-less rock for the last twenty years, you’re probably familiar with the flick, but I always admired this element of it. The grandson’s skepticism is a good way to immediately address any potential concerns that young boys in the audience may have about a film with “Princess” in the title (sidenote: This may be the ONLY decent movie with “Princess” in the title, come to think of it…) and the grandfather’s flipping through the pages gives us the sense that we’re only getting the very best parts of the story. William Goldman’s novel used a similar device, though he went into more details about the kinds of things that were being left out of the fictitious larger novel upon which his work was supposedly based.

If you haven’t seen “The Princess Bride”, then you’re denying yourself something pretty special. I can’t recommend it enough.

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ADDENDUM: “Princess Mononoke”! Of course! Dangit.