Monty Python and the Holy Grail starring Connie Booth, Elspeth Cameron, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland My Second Favorite Monty Python Movie You know, I wouldve loved to have been in the audience when Monty Python and the Holy Grail was first shown. Im picturing a fair amount of laughter, but also quite a bit of confusion and critics saying, What the hell did I just see? That was certainly the case when Roger Ebert reviewed the first Monty Python movie, And Now For Something Completely Different. He seemed very interested in the audience reaction during his review, and I imagine the audience reaction during the first screenings for this film wouldve been similar. Of course, by the time Monty Python and the Holy Grail came out in 1976, the original series had been airing on PBS for a couple years, so people were more familiar with the show. But still. Just imagine what reactions mustve been like for those poor souls who went into this movie never having seen the TV program. I dont need to tell most of you about the plot to this film. King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table go off to find the Holy Grail. Most of the major knights from the stories are here, though Guinevere and Merlin are strangely absent (though there is an enchanter named Tim). The film also adds the rather cowardly Sir Robin and the aptly-named Sir Not Appearing in this Film. The movie itself is a fascinating hodge-podge of hilarity. You get to see several film genres, including swashbucklers, fantasy, epics and musicals, all get joyfully skewered. One cost-saving move, using coconuts banged together to simulate the sound of horses, since they couldnt actually afford horses, is an inspired notion. Despite that, much of the film shows the time period in a more realistic fashion than most other movies. Theres lots of dirt and lots of mud and people know the king is the king because He hasnt got [...] all over him. Everyone who has seen the movie has their favorite moments. For me its probably a toss up between the Spamalot song, the Holy Hand Grenade, and the Help, help! Im being repressed! scene. The events at Castle Anthrax is a close follow-up, but really the whole movie works and works well. Theres not a bad moment in the film, not a joke that falls flat. This movie, like all great films, has left behind a huge legacy, though not in the way some might think. Often times its a legacy that filmmakers try to avoid. For example, in the the c ommentary on The Lord of the Rings films you will frequently hear Peter Jackson somewhat humoursly lament how hard they tried to avoid giving their movies a Holy Grail feeling. Of course the movie also lead to the hit Broadway musical, Spamalot, which Ive never seen, but heard great things about. This movie isnt for everyone, of course. Theres always a few humourless louts out there who wont enjoy it. Us normal folk know better, however, and we can enjoy it for the wonderful, creative, hilarious film it i s! For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Monty Python and the Holy Grail starring Connie Booth, Elspeth Cameron, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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