Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

as you wishTitle: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Author: Cary Elwes [ with foreword by Rob Reiner]
Narrator(s): Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal  
Listening Length: 07:01
Listen Date: February 25, 2017-February 28, 2017
Description: 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, exclusive photographs, 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 never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!

With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Review: The tale was almost as whimsical as the movie! This was a great listen. The stories of camaraderie, funny and happiness, as well as the tales of shenanigans were fantastic. Cary told his story of the nerves of audition and being cast were refreshing. I think we sometimes forget that (even big name actors) don’t always have roles handed to them. So for a virtual nobody in the acting world, Cary had to have so much anxiety at even being considered for the lead in one of his favorite stories.

I love the other actors’ account interspersed with Cary’s narration. I think the stories I enjoyed most were in regard to André. I was a huge wrestling fan growing up, and as a child, seeing him in this movie was such a treat. But to hear about how much he meant to his fellow cast mates was very touching.

Not that I ever need an excuse, but listening to this made me want to watch the movie and look for the hidden things revealed in the book. I had the opportunity to attend a Cary Elwes panel at Comic Con a few years back. He was so engaging and funny and told such wonderful stories. Now I regret not having purchased a copy of the book then and having him sign it. 😦

Even if you’ve never read the book; even if you’ve never seen the movie–but seriously if you haven’t, what rock have you been living under?! You will enjoy this book if for no other reason, it’s an actor’s account in the adventures of making a movie that became a cult classic the likes of Rocky Horror!


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