The Princess Bride

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Almost every movie today is about the hero getting the girl. The concept has been overused and has now become a stereotypical ending for most films. It is creating a society that thinks true love will come and sweep everyone off of their feet “just like in the movies”. Looking into the past, examples of these types of movies are still present. The movie, The Princess Bride, conforms to the concept that the villain turns into a hero, and always gets the damsel in distress. “It’s a love story, a slap-stick comedy, and even a little action.” (Mac) As You Wish: Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride) It illustrates a basic love story with a similar ending, making it an unoriginal film.
In the movie, at the beginning, Westley (known as farmboy) has a secret love for Buttercup. They never end up confessing and he leaves and it had been said that he was killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. As the story goes on he finds Buttercup kidnapped by three men and fights to save her from an awful marriage to a prince. They notice a man in black following behind them, so they try to fight him off thinking he is the bad guy. From this point he looks like the bad guy, but is really the hero that saves Buttercup. Just like in other love moves we can see the villain turning nice slowly and trying to fight to do the right thing. When he and Vizzini are sitting across from each other with the drinks, one is poison and the other isn't. Buttercup is there and Westley has to go play the hero and save her. “You’re trying to kidnap what I’ve rightfully stolen.”(The Princess Bride, Vizzini to Westley) The only way to save her is to win the game, so he tricks Vizzini and the man ends up dying. That’s when he really plays hero and takes Buttercup, they ...

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...and the prince behind. This movie from afar seems like a different type of romance movie, but more analysis into it and there are noticeable similarities many with other movies.

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