As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride | A Book Review

by - 6/25/2018

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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!

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If you're like me, and everyone else in the world, you probably love The Princess Bride. I don't remember the first time I watched it, but I do know that I've seen it at least 20 times and it never ceases to be a favorite. From the genre-bending scope of the film (is it a fairy tale? A comedy? An action film? A family movie? A romance? Oh, wait - it's all of the above!) to the just delightful way the story pans out, it will definitely be one I watch over and over again for the rest of my life. 

I'm also a big sucker for behind-the-scenes movie trivia, not to mention I love Cary Elwes (his recurring role on Psych making me love him all the more) so I figured this book would be a treat.

Well, it was! 

Not only does he recount tales from the making of the movie with heart and humor, he does so with affection and fondness for all his costars, and the experience as a whole. That, I think, is one of the reasons the film is so beloved - the love for making it really transcends the screen. 

I truly enjoyed every second of this book, and especially so because I listened to the audio and Cary Elwes' accent is just a delight. It's funny and interesting, but it's one of those stories about a film that didn't do well at first, that suddenly turned into a smash hit. Even though I knew how that turned out, it still was fascinating to hear that all recounted, and I'm always inspired by that kind of unexpected success story.

That's probably enough gushing for one day, but let's just say I highly recommend it!

Happy Monday.

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