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Apparently Sen. Ted Cruz is a fan of The Princess Bride. A really, really big fan. While speaking at a Des Moines church Sunday, the presidential candidate reenacted a scene involving many of the film’s most loved characters:
Pretty good impression, if you’re into that kind of thing. I would have preferred a long riff from the vastly superior Rob Reiner film, This is Spinal Tap. Maybe the Artie Fufkin scene in the record store or a five-minute-long video of Cruz stumbling around backstage, shouting “rock ‘n’ roll!” (It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.)
Here’s where I need to offer my somewhat controversial opinion of The Princess Bride. Despite it being so adored by so many of my fellow Gen X-ers, I thought the movie was just … okay. Not terrible, not great, just kind of meh.
Of course, any time I say this, I’m pilloried by outraged fans (much like Kat Timpf suffered regarding Star Wars) who try to convince me of the film’s unparalleled brilliance by quoting its most famous lines at me, ad nauseum. Attack me if you must, but Spinal Tap was Reiner’s masterpiece. For anyone to think otherwise is inconceivable.