Artwork by Joshua Budich
I will confess that when I get the chance to evangelize with The Princess Bride, I can be quite a fanboy.
So wait, you're telling me there's more to the Princess Bride? You bet! When Cary Elwes (Westly) was chosen to be the younger St. John Paul II in the biographical film, he was privileged to have an audience with the Holy Father. John Paul told Cary that the film was "very good, very funny."
The relationship between Buttercup and Westley is something that all of us should focus on. The dialogue leading to Westley revealing he is the Dread Pirate Roberts is worth studying, but on the whole, Buttercup is someone women could follow. She is not only taken by Wesley's good looks, but by his love for her.
This kind of love is what John Paul spent his entire pontificate preaching, which he called "Theology of the Body". Basically, it means that if you want "true love", then it has to be free, total, faithful and fruitful. That's the love that Buttercup and Westley had.
Wesley is also a true gentleman, something which girls today are crying out for (whether they realize it or not). His constant “As You Wish” is one that is very much echoed by Our Blessed Mother and by Christ himself. Wesley also seldom killed his enemies if ever (I’m not sure if any of the fans noticed that); he never killed Inigo (Mandy Patinkin) or Fezzik (Andre the Giant), and technically he didn't kill Vizzini (Wallace Shawn). Sex and chastity are also both held in very high regard. Marriage is of course part of the film, but it’s much more than the clergyman’s “bwessed awangement” (spoiler); We ourselves are married to God, whether we’re married to a spouse on earth or to the Church as a religious or consecrated. The Bible begins and ends with marriage, and it is a marriage between a man and a woman.
Let’s focus on Wesley a little more; he was a guy who was a man of his word as well as a man who went and gave the maximum, even when it came to suffering. Lastly, the line which Wesley gives to Buttercup was one I put in a letter to two friends of mine who recently got married “Death cannot stop true love, all it can do is delay it awhile.”
This film has an awesome story that is hilarious, warm and deep all at the same time; it has an all-star cast, and gets better every time you watch it. Above all, characters such as Wesley can be role models for men of our current and future generations (and actually Buttercup isn't that bad of a role model either). I strongly recommend this film and recommend you not only watch it, but keep it so you can enjoy it over and over again. Will this entry convince you? As Miracle Max said to his wife Valerie “It’ll take a miracle.”
Have fun storming the castle