REVIEW: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, et al

March 29, 2016

 

SYNOPSIS: 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 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 interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.

 

GENRE: Non-Fiction

 

FORMAT: Audio Book

 

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / ALL THE STARS, hearts, and exclamation points!

 

FAVORITE QUOTE: I can't even. It would be like cheating. But just insert every one of the famous film quotes here (________) and we're good.

 

REVIEW: While I can't discourage you from getting the hard copy of this book, I can at least stress the absolute necessity of hearing it in audio, if you are able. SERIOUSLY, if you have an audible or other audio account, then this book is a must. Otherwise find, buy, borrow, (but don't steal 'cause that's wrong, although in this case I might forgive you) a copy of the cd's or mp3 download. DO IT.

 

I suppose, at this point, it would be a prudent question to ask if you are a fan of 'The Princess Bride' the film. Are you? Have you read William Goldman's book? Do you at multiple points of the day find yourself uttering phrases like "Have fun storming the castle" and "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means."? ... If the answer is no, then your friends and family haven't properly aquainted you with this phenomenon and cult classic, therefore go watch and read and be the awesome force that spreads the love and laughs to others! Then, get this book.

 

If you haven't already deduced, this book was fantastic. As a fan of the 'The Princess Bride', this was a must, and one that took me too long to read/listen. The reason I stress the audiobook is because Cary Elwes narrates his own book. There can be nothing better than listening to Westley himself give his account of the making of this motion picture. Adding to this is the many additional cast and crew lending their voices to the parts that they helped contribute to the book. The only big absence (of those still alive) being Mandy Patinkin, but even that couldn't bring me down, because you still get to hear his personal experience.

 

The entire recounting is interesting, nostalgic, funny, and sweet. I don't want to spoil a single minute of it. Just know that it is worth the listen, and upon finishing it, my mother and I immediately wanted to watch the movie, read The Princess Bride, and then start the audiobook all over again. And if you were to choose to listen with anyone else, like I did, and they wanted to start the book all over again, it would be very easy to say "As You Wish".

 

 

 

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