As I feel it is one of the most absurdly brilliant comedies ever made, I routinely quote Monty Python and the Holy Grail. On one hand, I enjoy the self-indulgence of it all. On another, I get nothing but dirty and confused looks when I say, “Bring me a shrubbery”, “We are the knights who say ‘Ni!’”, “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”, “I’m not dead”, “It’s just a flesh wound”…etc. I sat on an airplane recently as I watched two comedies back-to-back. The first, Raising Arizona, was very funny, but I remained courteous to those around me and tried to laugh internally as much as possible. With the next movie (this) doing so would be physically impossible. Laughing wildly and like a total idiot is simply an involuntary reaction.
Bottom Line: Weigh this film against a duck and the humor’s weight will shoot the duck sky high.
Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Monty Python: Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Also Featuring: Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth
Lo! Monty Python and the Holy Grail hast spake unto thee of King Arthur and ye olde Knights of the Round Table, amidst ye olde low budget! Okay, I won’t write my whole review like that. My Old English is a bit rusty, and I hesitate to say you actually understood what I was saying. The same goes for the film itself, however. British comic troupe Monty Python debuted on television in the late 1960s with Flying Circus. Three years after compiling some skits from that series into a 1971 film, the gang released this film, arguably their first true feature-length work, whilst still faithful to the offbeat, farcical, often nonsensical taste that popularized them.