After reading Teri’s life lessons from The Wizard of Oz, and Tamara’s lessons from the Pursuit of Happyness, I am happy to write about one of my favorite movies of all time, The Princess Bride. This movie from 1987 has provided more one -liners and quotes than any other movies in my family’s repertoire. The second being a tie between Airplane! and Vacation. I love the theme of true love from this movie so much, my husband and I dressed up as Wesley and Buttercup at our famous couples themed engagement party. The Princess Bride- " As You Wish"
There are several life lessons to be learned from this fantastic love story. The most important being anything is possible with friendship and love . Wesley (farm boy) is in love with Buttercup, who is a young peasant girl who is also in love (when she is not riding horses and tormenting) with Wesley. Wesley has to leave to go make his fortune, and while he is gone, is presumed dead at the hand of the Dread Pirate Roberts. Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck who plans on murdering her to start a war.
To save his love, the presumed dead and disguised Wesley hears of her struggles and goes to her rescue. During this time, he bests the Spanish primo swordsman named Inigo Montoya (“You killed my father. Prepare to die.”) and the biggest strongest giant named Fezzik (“anybody want a peanut?”) and the smartest most maniacal hired henchman Vizzini (I clearly cannot choose the wine in front of you.) Wesley befriends the former two to help him save Buttercup. Wesley uses mercy and intelligence to overcome the seemingly insurmountable feat of rescuing Buttercup. They escape together into the Fire Swamp and work together, beating quick sand, rodents of unusual size, and fire blasts (“inconceivable!”). But alas, Buttercup is stolen from Wesley’s grasps, he is tortured and murdered (in the pit of despair) by Prince Humperdinck, and Buttercup is taken to the castle.
Normally, death would trump friendship and true love, but not if you are only “mostly dead”. Wesley’s friends steal his seemingly dead carcass and take him to a witch doctor to save him. The doctor gives him a chocolate covered life elixir and Wesley is back in action! The boys leave (“bye bye boys! Have fun storming the castle!”) and go to save Buttercup from her impending forced nuptials to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Humperdinck goes to escort poor Buttercup (“please consider me an alternative to suicide”), who thinks her Wesley is dead AGAIN, and forces her to marry him (Mawwage! Mawwage is what bwings us togever today”) But Wesley, Fezzik, and Inigo swoop in, take care of the murderous six fingered man and saved Buttercup in a dual to the pain. Fezzik saves the day with 5 white horses for them all to ride away into the sun rise!
What really draws me to this story is the constant theme of “never give up”. Through seemingly insurmountable feats, these friends and lovers use strength, determination, skill, brawn, and intelligence to win. In the end they win the best prize of all, each other. Real love, as with real friendship, take effort to survive the real trials of life. So I have begun building up my resistance to iocaine powder. After all, you never know when my love or friends may need me to win a battle of the wits with a Sicilian sociopath with short man’s syndrome. Tune in tomorrow and Friday to see what movies have provided life lessons for Natalie and Joleen.
Written by Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT
Alexa Griffith, LMHC, LCAC, NCC, RPT is a licensed therapist and Registered Play Therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Alexa enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Alexa also does play therapy, family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield