Monday, July 14, 2014

Miss "The Princess Bride"? Inconceivable!

This past weekend, the Alamo Drafthouse had three special screenings of one of my very favorite movies, The Princess Bride. And, just as it was the last time Alamo showed one of my top 10 favorites, these were special "quote-along" screenings. There was no way I wasn't going.

Alamo quote-alongs are rowdy audience participation events. Beloved lines from the movie were subtitled on the screen, and the audience was invited to recite along with the actors. That is, when they weren't busy blowing bubbles during "kissing scenes," fighting their neighbors with inflatable swords during the duels, or ringing bells whenever there was talk of "true love."

I hope I don't need to delve too deeply into why The Princess Bride is a personal favorite. It's a movie filled with sharp wit and comedy that makes you laugh out loud, thrilling adventure that makes you cheer (literally, at this screening), and a romance you can root for more than any in the lame romantic comedies that try too hard. The cast is amazing. It's been called The Wizard of Oz of its generation... but I think that sells the movie far too short. Oz has nothing on this. Absolutely everyone, of every age, should see this movie.

The Alamo Drafthouse does a special quote-along event of some kind nearly every week. If one of their theaters happens to be near you, and they show a movie you especially love, I can't recommend the experience highly enough. A movie you love, in a theater packed with other people who love it just as much as you? It's impossible not to have a good time.

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