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Favorite '80s fantasy film: ‘The Princess Bride’ or ‘Willow’?

There’s a certain kind of person out there who sniffs at anything labeled “fantasy,” claiming the genre has zero substantiality. Those people stink. The rest of us enjoy classic fantasy books and movies that spark our imagination and, quite frankly, keep us inspired. Take “The Princess Bride,” an eighties movie about true love, lifelong revenge, and everything in between. Or “Willow,” another eighties flick about outcasts battling evil. Which is your favorite?

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“The Princess Bride” is a story about a story. A man (Peter Faulkner) visits his ailing grandson (Fred Savage) with nothing but literature and sarcasm in tow. The kid initially rolls his eyes at the thought that a mushy book called “The Princess Bride” could be any better than sports, but soon enough he’s entranced by the tale of Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes) launching on an adventure to preserve their true love. 

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Honestly though, that description is underselling the film. There’s a trio of outlaws that includes Andre the Giant and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Pantinkin), whose obsession with revenge leads to one of the best fight scenes of all times. You have an education on how to properly use certain words, and one of the most accurate depictions of what married life is really like

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Also, you think “Mean Girls” is quotable? Wait till you watch “The Princess Bride.” You’ll be swimming in one-liners that strangers will most definitely buy you drinks for. 

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If romance movies aren’t really your thing, “The Princess Bride” has you covered. This isn’t some Nicholas Sparks nonsense whose ultra-sweetness leaves your teeth sore. It’s true love, full of complications and trials and ROUSes. And did we mention there were sword fights?

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You watch “Willow” for prime eighties Val Kilmer and stay for the storyline. The film follows the titular Willow (Warwick Davis), an underestimated aspiring magician who suddenly gets saddled with an abandoned baby. He soon finds out that this baby is being tracked down by an evil queen (Jean Marsh), who believes the child is part of a prophecy foretelling her downfall. He sets off on a quest to return the baby to her human brethren, and ends up in a very intricate web of politics and dark magic. 

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Where “The Princess Bride” is lighthearted fun, “Willow” is much darker. The evil queen is some seriously scary stuff, and there’s this one part where she turns everyone into pigs in a very slow, painful way. But amongst all that nonsense is romance, familial love, and a triumphant defeat over nefarious beings. The effects aren’t half bad, either. 

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“Willow” may not be as familiar to people as “The Princess Bride,” but the team who created it certainly are. The story was created by none other than George Lucas, who partnered up with Ron Howard to direct. If that pairing doesn’t scream “epic,” to you, then what, pray tell, will?

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Whether you hit play on “The Princess Bride” or “Willow” later, there’s no denying we all need a little fantasy in our lives. True crime can only go so far. 

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