Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese , Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese , Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth
Seen on: 14.10.2015
King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is on a quest, as knights are wont to do. First he looks for other knights to join him at the round table. Which sounds easier than it is, and it doesn’t sound easy at all. But Arthur perseveres and when he finally has put a decent group together, God himself appears and gives them all their next job: to go and find the Holy Grail.
It’s been years and years that I last saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so when they offered an anniversary cinema screening of it, I knew I had to go. I was surprised by how much of the film is still incredibly fresh in my mind, but whether I remembered it or not, the film is entirely hilarious.
[SPOILERS] [If the film can still be spoiled for you, you need to watch it immediately.]
Before the screening we got a special message from (the remaining members of) Monty Python. Or actually two. And with those messages we were already off to a good start as they were nicely self-deprecating, a little mean to themselves, and definitely made me laugh. And then the movie starts and I kept laughing throughout. I don’t think there are any stretches longer than a minute or so where I wasn’t laughing. Some jokes I could still speak along to, others I had completely forgotten – like the future-elements to it, although they were one of my favorite things about it when I watched it now.
It is also surprising how little the rather low budget of the film makes itself felt throughout. Some of it is due to the fact that they just confront it head-on and make a joke of it, but most of it is because you don’t actually need that much when you have such an infinitely quotable, absurd script.
There was much less music than I remembered (which was slightly disappointing, I admit). And it wouldn’t have bothered me at all if there had been more women in the film, especially if there had been any women that weren’t hitting on the knights in some way or another. But apart from that, I really don’t have any complaints.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail may not beat Life of Brian in my personal ranking of Python things, but it is a very close call. And when compared to most other comedies, it is head and shoulders above the rest. Re-watching just reaffirmed that.