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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

May 18, 2009

10/10 Flesh Wounds

Hands down, the funniest movie ever made.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a bat-shit crazy re-telling of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they are sent on a mission from God to search for the Holy Grail. Sounds strange? That’s because it is.

Where the Monty Python guys came up with this storyline is beyond me, but it’s really not the story that makes this movie so funny. The whole thing is really just an excuse for the British comedy troupe to make the silliest, most irreverently funny movie they could imagine. And by using a serious and legendary story like that of King Arthur’s as the background of what plays out on screen, it just makes everything that much crazier.

There’s not a whole lot of character development and it’s safe to say that a lot of it doesn’t exactly make sense either, but that’s why people like it. You don’t need to think very hard to enjoy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and that’s probably why it’s funny regardless of how old or young you are.

But I’ve come to find that this movie can go either way with women, as they find it either gut-bustingly funny or “that stupid movie my boyfriend forced me to watch.” But hey, to each his own. It’s not for everybody and you’ll know by the first five minutes whether you’ll like it or not when Spanish music starts blaring from your TV and the names of the cast and crew in the opening credits all change to “Red Whooping Llama III”.

The first time I saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I was in sixth grade. All I really remember about the experience was a shortness of breath for two hours and thinking what the general reaction would be from my friends if I ended up pissing myself from laughing so hard. And there are maybe only two or three other movies that I found this hilarious as a kid and still find hilarious today (Dumb and Dumber holds a particularly close place in my heart in this regard).

If for some reason you’ve never seen it before and this sounds like something that’s right up your alley, watch it immediately. It’s absurd and totally insane and the Monty Python guys are fully aware of it so that you won’t feel like you’re watching mental patients screwing around with a camera for two hours.

This is a perfect comedy and there’s nothing else like it.


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