783. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Title: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Year: 1975
Run time: 1hr 31m

“The Monty Python team are at it again in their second movie. This time we follow King Arthur and his knights in their search for the Holy Grail. This isn’t your average medieval knights and horses story – for a start, due to a shortage in the kingdom, all the horses have been replaced by servants clopping coconuts together!”

Live blog

1:22 – Can’t even get through credits without the craziness starting.
3:53 – Ah but now I’m too blinded to actually see the film!
5:14 – “You’re using coconuts.”
10:21 – Digging through the mud, having a good row about class.
11:56 – “Help, help, I’m being repressed!”
16:04 – So this is the flesh wound thing!
20:12 – Wow, loving the witch logic.
23:48 – Yay, Spamalot!
28:45 – I really don’t think cows should be used as a weapon like that!
31:43 – So it really was just a large wooden rabbit as a present.
34:53 – Yep, that’s pretty much what it’s like in my head all the time.
39:25 – “They have a basic medical training.”
43:45 – So meta.
48:41 – “Stop that, you’re not going into a song while I’m here.”
1:06:55 – Tim the Enchanter.
1:10:14 – DISMOUNT!
1:14:53 – “Lobbest thou…”
1:21:51 – Oh, I was quite enjoying the intermission.

Conclusions

I’ve attempted watching this before and was a bit too grumpy to look past the clip-clopping coconuts. This time round, I was right on board and that made all of it quite a lot of fun. I don’t think this film is as good as Life of Brian, and it certainly felt a lot more disjointed and random (even more random than you expect Monty Python to be!).

I did like seeing where the memes all come from – the unladen swallow and the Black Knight, and it’s always fun seeing so many different characters coming from the same people. Anarchic and fun, not the best but a blessed relief from some of the modern day movie madness!

Rating: 3/5.

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