I am a bit of a self proclaimed geek.

For the last two months, ever since the line up was announced, I have been pestering my poor editor/ coursemate/ housemate/ bff to let me cover the final night of the Somerset series. Why? Because the final screening was the Princess Bride; one of my most favourite films. Ever. Because quite frankly what’s not to love; as the man introducing it noted, it’s got everything you could want from a film, epic romance, beautiful princesses, sexy pirates, sword fights to the death, torture, and, of course, Andre the Giant. Cinematic perfection really.

…this film inspires true devotion…

So having successfully persuaded my beautiful wonderful Rosa to let me go I arrived at Somerset House, depressingly early excepting the place to be deserted, with my charming companion who had jumped at the opportunity to go despite the fact he had four essays due in the next day (yes this film inspires true devotion). However, the courtyard was already full of people, and not just geeky students like myself but people from all walks of life; young couples, giggling teenage girls, lovely preppy boys and those who’d probably seen the film when it first came out, surrounded by their children.

…people saying all the lines and spontaneously cheering…

I find it really cheesy when people describe the atmosphere somewhere as electric, but to be honest there is no other way to describe it, just being there surrounded by people saying all the lines and spontaneously cheering when Inigo Montoya uttered the immortal lines “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die”.

So the screenings may be well and truly over, but the film is still there and well worth the watching.

Images courtesy of The Princess Bride

 

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