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‘the Holy Grail of memorable quotes’ ★★★★ Review of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
August 30, 2014, 2:07 pm
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (6)Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Comedy, Rated PG, 92 Minutes.
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones & Connie Booth

Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur. Arthur along with his squire, Patsy, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure.

The Monty Python comedy team have always been popular with mobile cinema audiences with their own special brand of comedy hitting the big screen in only a handful of features. Over the years we have screened ‘The Life of Brian’, ‘The Meaning of Life’ and the equally popular but often overlooked ‘The Holy Grail’ Pythons first attempt at a narrative feature. It still feels like a sketch comedy from their TV days except with a vague underlying story – the search for the grail – giving it some direction, but not too much.

For anyone not familiar with Monty Python the comedy is silly, really silly, and the jokes go on and on, often milking every last laugh out of every gag and possibly stretching them out just to make feature length. Sometimes this works and sometimes it gets a bit monotonous, however this can be where it starts to get funny again, just because of how ridiculous the whole situation has become. It finally gets to the point where characters in the film are being told to get on with it, so they obviously knew they had this tendency. That being said, with all its crazy structure and the occasional joke that plays out too long the Holy Grail is indeed the Holy Grail of memorable quotes from; ‘How could a 5-ounce bird possibly carry a 1-pound coconut?’, ‘It’s just a flesh wound.’, ‘I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!’ and ‘On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.’ It is indeed a silly place and if you like your comedy silly The Holy Grail is the film for you.

A note for projectionists: The opening titles are subtitled – don’t worry, they’re meant to be. There is an intermission about 5 minutes before the end of the film – don’t worry, it only lasts for about 20 seconds. There are no end credits, just black with some crazy organ music that goes on and on and on. Crazy fun times for a projectionist that had forgotten those bits.

Review out of five stars: ★★★★ Stars

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