Every generation dreams of saving America. Every new generation dreams of rescuing it from some great evil, treating it as if it were Penelope Pitstop. Every generation wants to return America to a former glory defined most clearly by its opaqueness.
British actor Cary Elwes has starred in dozens of films in a career spanning parts of five decades, ranging from prestige films like “Glory” to comedies like “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to “Saw.” The one film that has always stuck with him though is the 1987 film “The Princess Bride,” which also stars Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon and Mandy Patinkin.
Three films into the four-movie franchise and “The Hunger Games” series remains one of cinema’s biggest teases. For two years the series has offered an underlying promise of some grand battle between good and evil loaded with flaming arrows and bodies being tossed about with little regard for the lives of the stunt people.
Twenty years is a rather long gap to bridge between films, especially for a story that filled its original runtime just fine. Yet, somehow, “Dumb and Dumber” evolved from a singular comedy to encompass an animated series (featuring the voice of Patrick Star), an abysmal prequel and the just-released sequel titled, fittingly enough, “Dumb and Dumber To.”