To say I’m a Princess Bride fan is putting it lightly. I have no clue how many times I’ve seen the movie (I still re-watch it at least once a year). I’ve read William Goldman’s book on more than one occasion. So when the audible daily deal was As You Wish by Cary Elwes talking about the making of said beloved film I scooped it right up. I mean our wedding ceremony started with, “Mawage, mawage is what bwings us togethew today.”
This is a light memoir discussing the initial setup and then subsequent filming of The Princess Bride. Mostly told from Mr. Elwes first person point of view it is often interspersed with others involved viewpoints. It made for a very well rounded listen. For those not familiar with the story part, feel free to go read Mr. Goldman’s book, then watch the movie, then come back and enjoy this audiobook.
At first the tale felt a little reverential. Everything was wonderful and magic to Mr. Elwes. But as you keep reading (listening) EVERYONE feels this way. Everyone remembers it as one of the best experiences of their lives. All of the people involved can’t be wrong, right? There’s tales of how most of the actors were cast, filming different famous scenes, and antics on and off the set. Overall it left me smiling for all of the car hours logged with it. Just like the actual book and film. Huh.
Anywho, if you’re a TPB fan I highly recommend. There’s a lot of love involved in this one. And you get to hear about going drinking with Andre the Giant. What a great way to spend a few hours!