Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Westley in “The Princess Bride”

When I discovered that this blogathon existed, I was extremely interested but also a little bewildered! I am a massive movie lover, and it was therefore very difficult to decide which character infatuation to write about. In the end, I finalized my choice based on bravery, intelligence, sportsmanship, wit, looks (yes, I am shallow), and romance. Farm Boy/Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts played by Cary Elwes in one of the most magical films of all-time, The Princess Bride, just has to be my favourite reel infatuation!

This medieval storybook tale begins with Westley as “Farm Boy”. He is the farm hand to the very bossy Buttercup (Robin Wright). Despite the seeming power imbalance, the two captivate one another. I find Westley’s naivety at this point quite endearing, but it is very evident that he has much growth and evolution in his future. He subsequently embarks on a journey from boyhood to manhood, and we witness the results in due course…


Fast forward five years where Buttercup is now in the menacing arms of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). The supposed “Dread Pirate Roberts” interrupts the highly orchestrated kidnapping of Buttercup, encountering some of the most memorable characters in movie history. However, the viewers come to quickly realize that “Dread Pirate Roberts” is not the dread pirate at all, but is … Westley! An inconceivable battle of wits, swashbuckling, a journey through the aptly-named Fire Swamp, and a “to the pain!” declaration allow us to witness the evolution of Westley. His devotion for Buttercup though is one of his most attractive qualities, enduring multiple hardships and being nearly dead in his quest for love and justice. As we wish, he is the ultimate embodiment of swoon-worthiness and idealism in a partner in crime or life.


I do not own the photos in this post. Also, this post is a part of the Reel Infatuation Blogathon hosted by A Small Press Life and Silver Screenings! Please take a look at other awesome posts this weekend related to movie, TV, and literary characters that make us blush!

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13 thoughts on “Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Westley in “The Princess Bride”

  1. You’re absolutely right – Westley is the ultimate in devotion and pursuit of justice. He’s also handsome, smart and witty. Definitely swoon-worthy!

    I’m so glad you joined the blogathon with Westley and The Princess Bride. Such a great movie, and your entry has done it justice. 🙂

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  2. Love this film! More importantly I LOVE Cary as Westley! I like how Cary is like a mix of Doug Fairbanks and Errol Flynn in this film. Gorgeous, heroic and tender. What’s not to love?

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  4. I have a confession: when this film was first released, I didn’t fall under its spell. Even though, as a middle-school girl, I was part of its target audience. It took me another 20 years to get it, and I’m so glad that I did. Cary is so wonderful in this film. He’s definitely a model character crush.

    Thanks so much for joining the blogathon.

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