New on Quibi: A Hilarious, Exciting, Heartwarming Remix of The Princess Bride

Posted on July 18, 2020 at 4:14 pm

No movie is more beloved than The Princess Bride, with a screenplay by William Goldman based on his book and an all-star cast including Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon, and of course Billy Crystal and Carol Kane. It has everything: romance, adventure, a gorgeous score, villainous villains and heroic heroes. It’s close to perfect.

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And everyone knows it so well that it is a perfect candidate for a pandemic-era at-home remake to raise money for the World Central Kitchen, “food first responders” whose programs include their clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures that empower communities and strengthen economies.

Some of the biggest stars in the world and some of the hottest up-and-coming newcomers slip in and out of the roles using whatever locations and props and costumes they have at home. It reminds me of the “Sweded” movies in “Be Kind Rewind,” one of my favorites. And one of that movie’s stars, Jack Black, shows up along with Hugh Jackman, Keegan Michael Key, Penelope Cruz, some of the movie’s original cast, and, in the final moment, one of the most touching appearances of the year.

It is pure delight. Now excuse me, I need to go back and re-watch the original.

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