Adventure abounds in ‘mystery’ film

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By Kelly Dolejsi

Next up in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series is a story with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles.
It’s not too scary, but there are some shrieking eels. An angry Spaniard repeatedly tells a man with a surplus finger to prepare to die. It’s almost a chant.
There’s an entire pit full of despair and a handful of quasi-sportsmanlike hand-to-hand combat.
There is a pack, or mischief, of really big rats to worry about, if they do actually exist, and an equally beastly Sicilian with a dizzying intellect.
But there are also sweet moments where a farm boy hands a girl a pitcher, or when a mostly dead pirate manages a little head-jiggle. And of course, there is the one kiss that is so passionate, so pure it leaves the erstwhile top five behind.
Have you guessed the title yet?
I love this movie. If I could build a summer home in the Fire Swamp, I would. I remember once, as an undergrad, when a teacher asked everyone to share the names of their favorite movies.
I said this one and my professor said, “I guess we all know what Kelly’s like.” I assume she meant hilarious, action-packed and timelessly charming.
If you feel like I do, then here’s your chance to see your beloved 1987 classic on the big screen. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to find out.
 It’s the greatest thing in the world, except for a nice MLT sandwich, of course.
This is true love. You think this happens every day? Inconceivable. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room theater at Mesa Public Library.
The presentation is made possible by Friends of Mesa Public Library.

Reviewer’s Note: This review quotes and paraphrases liberally from the film it is reviewing.