Nothing more dangerous than a man with conviction, as a certain Shepard once said. 🙂
Cory and I were having a bit of a rotten day, so we decided to pop in one of our favorite films: The Princess Bride. We’ve both watched this so many times that we can quote every single line (including the musical cues) but despite the familiarity we discover new delight in it every time. From the very first scene, you know you’re in for something special. For some reason, the framing of the sick boy being read to by his grandfather takes what could have been just a passable, if cute, fantasy, and transforms the film into something enduring. The occasional interruptions and interjections of the child, in turn outraged or concerned, would normally take us out of the tale. Yet in this rare instance, somehow that makes it feel more real, more magical, more true. At the end, we haven’t just enjoyed a witty adventure. We’ve seen the life of a child transformed for the better. At the start, he’s a jaded youth with no patience and little tolerance for his grandfather or anything new. By the end he has a new appreciation for the world and his loved ones. His life has been enriched, as have the lives of the viewers. That’s what gives this quirky little film incredible staying power, and it captures my attention now just as much as it did when I was ten.
What’s your go-to story when you’re down, and what makes it enduring to you?