I can make this a really quick review: Did you like the movie The Princess Bride? Then read this book. Go on – you can have the electronic version in moments, or better yet, get the audio version because it’s got those familiar voices reading their sections. In fact, if you’ve been hesitant to try Audible for whatever reason, there is a free 30-day trial of it, and you can use that to listen to this book. Cancel when you’re done if you don’t like Audible, but this is such a perfect book to listen to that you need to try it. I did it, and didn’t regret it at all, and right now I am generally not caring for audio books much – this was a definite exception and so worth the listen!
And if you haven’t watched the movie (gasp! If I’ve seen a movie, it’s rather shocking if someone else hasn’t. I am not much of a movie watcher.) this story will surely make you want to watch it immediately.
Elwes is completely charming throughout the book, and there are some wonderful behind-the-scenes stories included. He does impressions which had me laughing, and Billy Crystal is, not surprisingly, hi-lar-i-ous.
I ended up being so impressed with the work Elwes and Mandy Patinkin put into their sword fights, and mourning the early death of Andre the Giant. I hadn’t known much about Wallace Shawn and have a new appreciation for him and his difficult scenes as well.
There may be a few words I wouldn’t appreciate my children hearing, but honestly that’s just speculation – I was so caught up in the story that I didn’t even notice anything. It was just delightful and I loved it and GO. GET THIS BOOK. (And get the audio version!!) Seriously. Go, read the book or listen to it. It was wonderful, and I highly recommend it. I know, I’m gushing, but I loved reading/listening to this one (I did a bit of both).
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 and backstage stories.
Title: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Author: Cary Elwes
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 4 Stars
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