Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: The Princess Bride Vs. Raising Arizona
Today in the Movies of 1987 Bracket Game, we will reveal the first of our two finalists and vote on which of two classic comedies will face off against it in the final round. Today’s match pits Rob Reiner’s off kilter fairy tale against the Coen brother’s screwy kidnapping comedy.
Yesterday’s match was the closest we have had yet in this game. Who walked away with the win?
With less than 60% of the votes, Predator edged out Lethal Weapon to enter the finals. Does that qualify as an upset? I’m not sure. When I drafted up the brackets, I kept Lethal Weapon and The Princess Bride apart because I figured they were likely finalists. Predator seemed like a potential spoiler, so I tried to arrange things such that it would meet up with Lethal Weapon in the third round if they both made it that far. Similarly, I did the same thing with Raising Arizona which I figured had the best chance of stopping The Princess Bride‘s march to the end.
I am moderately surprised to see Lethal Weapon knocked out. If you are looking at overall franchises, the Lethal Weapon series was far more popular and influential than Predator. But we’re dealing with individual movies here. While the Lethal Weapon series is propped up by a lighter and arguably superior sequel, Predator stands alone.
So which of our comedies of 1987 will face Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers in the finals? I think The Princess Bride is the odds-on favorite. It’s the more mainstream of the two. Both of these movies are arguably cult films. They only played on between 700-800 screens during their respective theatrical releases. Odds are, most of our readers discovered them on cable or home video.
(One observation I have made from this game is that you can really see how home video was starting to shape the way in which audiences consume movies in the later 80’s. The big movies that people went out to the theaters to see didn’t fare nearly as well as the movies audiences discovered in their living rooms.)
The question today is, which comedy do you enjoy more?
Posted on January 15, 2017, in bracket game, Movies and tagged 1987, holy hunter, nicolas cage, raising arizona, rob reiner, The Coen Brothers, the princess bride. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.