Reasons for watching it: People close to me have been quoting it at me my whole life, and for a long time I was so annoyed with the whole thing that I was reluctant to see it. And then darcydodo and cartesiandaemon ganged up on me and so I had to succumb.
Circumstances of watching it: cartesiandaemon helpfully lent me the DVD. Since I am home sick today, too ill to do anything that requires brainpower, but not ill enough to spend the whole day in bed, I thought I'd give it a try, and it's an appropriate film to pick in the circumstances.
I am not sure it's possible to review The princess bride; it's just what it is. I enjoyed it, even though it makes no sense and the acting is wooden and the special effects are dire. There's something rather sweet about it overall, though. I like the fact that it's so over the top melodramatic and makes no apologies for such, and dead people don't stay dead, and once the world is set up so that cause and effect are broken, just about anything can happen so it's impossible to predict where it's going.
Anyway, now I've seen it so the cultural references will make sense to me. It definitely kept me entertained when I was feeling brainless and besnotted, so that's cool. And the kid from The wonder years is in it, how weird.