Monday, January 21, 2013

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Monty Python and the Holy Grail


At long last I have finally watched the Terry Gilliam/Terry Jones comedy classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". Now that I've seen it, I'm kicking myself for having delayed it for so long. This pseudo-adaptation of the Knights of the Round Table legend is undoubtedly one of the funniest films I've ever seen. I was initially worried that this brand of humour wouldn't appeal to me, but I quickly succumbed to its charms. Once I threw all my snark out the window, it had me in fits of serious belly laughter.
Normally I would give a quick plot synopsis, but this film really defies any explanation. You really have to see it for yourself. It's difficult to analyze the plot because it just seems to have a mind of its own. Also, it's one of the most unpredictable films you'll ever see, so I don't want to spoil it for anyone. For example, you've got a recurring gag of coconuts used to mimic the sound of horses, flying cows used in place of cannonballs, random animated sequences and modern cops. This film just plays by it's own set of rules (or lack thereof).
Apart from the many visual gags, the film's dialogue is wildly original. I could easily see myself quoting some of these lines. Needless to say, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is truly one of a kind. It's absolutely bonkers, but there's a certain brilliance behind all the absurdity.
If I had to give one criticism of the film, I would actually have to say that it's almost too funny. Literally every second is played for laughs (even the opening credits, which feature some amusing subtitles). Therefore, I could easily understand why it could be a tiring experience for some viewers. For me, the jokes were definitely ridiculous and perplexing at times, but more often than not I was thoroughly entertained. Like I said earlier, you have to completely suspend your disbelief to "get" this movie. Even if you end up hating it, I firmly believe that this is a movie that everyone should see before they die.

This film is part of my List of Shame.

6 comments:

  1. Now what we need is a musical adaptation of the parody of this movie "Monty Python's Spamaolot".

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  2. Oh how this film marked my childhood! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Meaning of Life. It's even more bonkers.

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    1. As I learned from this film, it's impossible for me to prepare myself for the craziness of a Monty Python film. I plan to watch Life of Brian next and then The Meaning of Life sometime later.

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  3. LOVE this movie. I haven't seen it in years and years and I need to fix that. Every bit of this movie is hilarious but a highlight for me is the 3 questions/bridge scene.

    The Meaning of Life is pretty great. Really just a bunch of skits but it's got some hilarious moments.

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