Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Review

Python is... and always has been... laugh out loud funny. But this is the kind of thing that everyone says. I am at a sort of a quandary as to what to write to someone who has never seen Python. Part of the job is to attempt to describe a movie to someone who has never heard of it or seen it, and with Python films this is probably the hardest part of the job. One of the Python movies, And Now For Something Completely Different, basically expresses the essence of their entire career in a single phrase. Python is completely different. Even years later, when people have tried to be Pythonesque, Python is still something completely different.

They are so different that only one film has accomplished the kind of humor since, and that is Being John Malkovich. BJM, however, has a tragic side to it that makes it completely different from Python films. So, in the end, Python is still completely different.

I can't even say to expect the unexpected. Why? Because even the unexpected is too normal for what Python is. Python is simply one of life's great foods... you have to taste it for yourself.

Fans of the film (and we know you are legion) should run -- don't walk -- to your video store (or click the link at right ;) for the Special Edition DVD of Holy Grail. This two-disc set is insanely full of extras to an awe-inspiring degree. The primary disc features the original film (with, as promised, 24 extra seconds of footage), various subtitle options, and two commentary tracks that together feature all of the surviving Python troupe members talking about the film and the history of the group as a whole. For the full experience, turn on the "killer rabbit" feature (which lets you go off on tangents during the film, much like The Matrix DVD), the original screenplay subtitling, and flip between the two commentaries. Biggest surprise: virtually none of this was ad-libbed. Gilliam is almost embarrassed about how juvenile the movie is -- which makes it all the more fun.

Disc two features all the extra, goofy stuff -- a 45-minute retrospective documentary that showcases the locations used, Japanese-language clips, a Lego version of the "Knights of the Round Table" song, and a whole lot of much, much sillier tidbits.

Grail seekers.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail Rating

" Essential "

Rating: PG, 1975


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