The Princess Bride (film)

The Princess Bride (film) The Princess Bridge's Cultural Legacy

The Princess Bride is widely regarded as one of the most quotable movies of all time. Indeed, it sits at #1 on IMDb's list of Top 50 Most Quotable Movies Ever, and is in the top 10 of most every "Quotable Movies" list you can find on the internet. This is due in part to the intelligence of the film's screenplay, adapted by William Goldman from his own book of the same name. Among its many impressive attributes, the film received critical acclaim for Goldman's fresh take on the age-old damsel-in-distress narrative. The Writers Guild of America even awarded the screenplay the 84th spot on its Top Screenplays of All Time in both 2006 and 2013. Such strong writing in a film that also features an acclaimed cast and hilarious parodic motives secured The Princess Bride a place in America's heart.

More recently, the film has been memorialized in the form of internet memes. These bits of pop culture imitations, employed for satire and comedy, have become a staple of online communication, and The Princess Bride's many memorable lines provide excellent fodder for them. Attached here is one of the most widely circulated memes, depicting Inigo pointing out Vizzini's overuse of the word, "Inconceivable." This moment has been repurposed time and time again to point out online users' misuse of certain words, often as a response to tweets, Facebook posts, or Tumblr posts. Other memes from The Princess Bride including Vizzini himself saying, "Inconceivable!"; Westley saying, "As you wish"; and a reimagining of Inigo's famous line, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father prepare to die," such as the funny instance of him standing in a classroom, sword brandished, saying, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my GPA. Prepare to die," with the accompanying caption, "me to my professors after the last day of finals." These instances of imitation and repurposing are culturally ubiquitous at this point, further solidifying The Princess Bride as one of the most memorable and continually relevant films today.