23 May 2016

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975
  • Director: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
  • Based on book: sort of…
  • Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Graham Chapman – The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • John Cleese – all of the above and The Day the Earth Stood Still, Die Another Day, Harry Potter 1-8, Third Rock from the Sun, The World Is Not Enough, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, A Fish Called Wanda, Clockwise, Silverado, The Taming of the Shrew, Fawlty Towers
    • Eric Idle – The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • Terry Gilliam – Jupiter Ascending , The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • Terry Jones - The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • Michael Palin – The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, A Fish Called Wanda, Brazil
    • Connie Booth – Fawlty Towers, 84 Charing Cross Road
    • Carol Cleveland – The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • Why? Monty Python
  • Seen:  21 May 2016      

       How can we not have seen this film before? For Monty Python and Camelot fans it should have been a must-see long ago. Well, now we’re seeing it.
       We start laughing before it even starts. What’s with the faux Swedish subtitles and moose jokes? We have to pause the DVD to keep up with them.
       Then it starts. Poor Arthur, nobody cares that he’s King of the Britons. He runs into long-winded nit-picking ornithologists and rebellious communist agitators in the first ten minutes, then so it goes. He manages to gather a straggling gang of knights for his Round Table (too bad they only have pretend horses) and they get an order from a curmudgeonly God to go find the holy grail.
       Let us remember that this was made in the 70’s when ridiculing everything was a bit innovative. This is Monty Python after all. They’re just lads with a quirky imagination having a laugh.
       Sometimes we laugh with them. Sometimes it’s just nonsense. Which, I suppose, is the point.
       There is some classic Monty Python humour but as a whole it’s thin.

2 ½ * of 5


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