Friday, December 9, 2011

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

Synopsis: Irreverent sketch comics tramp around the British countryside with coconuts and low-budget costumes.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “932 AD. King Arthur persuades Sir Bedevere, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Robin the-Not-Quite-So-Brave and Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film to join him in their fellowship of the Round Table; their first goal is Camelot, but God appears in the skies and directs them to seek the Holy Grail.”

What Did I Learn?: When you’re King, it’s a good idea to know something about birds.

Really?: How does one critique a Monty Python film for being unrealistic? Ok, I’m not sure I believed the scene when Galahad blurted out the wrong answer when he was asked for his favourite colour at the Bridge of Death.

Rating: Monty Python and Holy Grail is 90 minutes of silly fun, although it tends to drag in places and (like many Python sketches) ends rather abruptly. Still, you have to love the movie’s theme music: dum-da-dum-da-da-da-dum,da-dum-da-dum-da-da-da-dum! 8/10 stars.

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