Beyond Normal Films helps ‘reel’ in unique films at local theatre

“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying ‘As you wish’ what he meant was ‘I love you.’ And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.”

Those three simple words set a fire in the hearts of movie-goers 30 years ago with the release of "The Princess Bride." With the passage of time, a growing fondness for the movie has developed, uniting generations and inspiring a sense of adventure.

Westley and Buttercup of "The Princess Bride" exemplify the ideals of true love, surpassing all challenges to reunite with one another in the end.

And just like love, the movie’s genre blending of comedy, adventure, fantasy, thriller, and fairytale delivers an experience unlike any other.

The movie "The Princess Bride" remains one of the most beloved films, ranked by the American Film Institute in the top 100 Greatest Love Stories.

As such, it makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day movie. The action-packed film will be playing at the Normal Theater Valentine's Day at 7 p.m.

Regarding the film, junior theatre major Julian Cook said, “I really love the witty banter between characters, the recurring gags throughout the film, the quotable lines, the fight scenes, the parody elements, all of it is really well done. The movie doesn’t take itself very seriously and that’s what makes it so fun to watch. It’s a classic adventure, damsel in distress storyline with its own unique spin.”

The movie’s clever humor also appeals to junior economics major Will Fathauer.

“It has this Monty Python, thespian humor to it which makes it unique. I watched it for the sole purpose of talking to girls about it,” he said with a chuckle, perhaps looking for his own Buttercup.

The movie’s unique genre blending allows for a wide range of characters, from the vengeful Indigo Montoya to the criminal mastermind Vizzini.

“I think what makes it really good for me is the wide assortment of characters that shouldn’t work well together but they do for whatever reason. I don’t think they could’ve blended the characters without blending the genres,” said 2018 graduate Andrew Brown.

For first time viewers or those returning, "The Princess Bride" continues to communicate themes of strength, love and loyalty that have lasted the test of time.

RACHEL SCHOLLMEIER is a features reporter for The Vidette. Contact her at raschol@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter @r_schollmeier.

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