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Monday, August 22, 2011

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

The crew of Monty Python's first film feature is one to cherish. Made between their third and fourth seasons, they were given much more freedom with this film after the success of their sketch complication film And Now For Something Completely Different (1971). It is known that there was many creative differences between directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, but in a way it helped this film. Each scene could be shown as its own individual sketch, their brand of humor is so original, so blissfully stilly that even there stupidity comes off seeming smart. Based loosely on the legend of King Arthur who is played with an understanding of how to make the material work gloriously by Graham Chapman. Gilliam's now legendary animation is perfect form working perfectly with the live-action; some real gems created from his animation is a representation of God who is made to almost identically resemble W. G. Grace, then there is the terrifying Black Beast of Aaargghhhh. Getting one to two really good laughs out of any comedy is always something impressive, the real reason to watch a comedy is for light-hearted fun, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is as light-hearted a film as you will ever see with a delightfully silly humor with its fair share of impressively smart social and political satire. Each Python member graduated from a respected college with Terry Jones being an Oxford graduate, so they know how to be intelligent with their stupidity. This film is not as known for its daring satire as their later films, most notably The Life of Brian (1979), but their comedic talents are just as good and truly something in a league of its own.

1 comment:

  1. Stilly? Superb review. Personally I prefer Life of Brian because of the final scene in Holy Grail in which the police arrive. Anyway I've followed your blog.