"Like 'Excalibur' on way too much laughing gas..."
This movie is one of the silliest in British film history, and also one of the most unforgettable. In years to come, more and more people will come to recognize this classic for the cultural touchstone that it is. Nowadays we are all enjoying the comedic stylings of a generation of comedians and writers who admittedly grew up watching these twisted guys and can't seem to get them out of their heads as they create more irreverent, unpredictable comedy that looks familiar to the acute Pythonophile like me. Like it or not, Monty Python's influence continues to grow. God help us.This movie is all about the adventures of the legendary King Arthur and his round table as they search for the Holy Grail. Sound familiar? Well, that is as far as the familiarity goes.
From there the Monty Python boys take over and include musical numbers, frank discussions about the velocity/weight ratios of swallows, extremely rude Frenchmen, vicious white bunnies, and a castle chock full of lusty virgins all between the ages of 18 and 25. Is this all weird? Certainly. Does it make for good comedy? Absolutely. One begins to understand as they watch this movie that the key to Python humor is its unpredictability coupled with a deadpan deliverance. No one has ever done it better.
King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is, uh, "riding" through the English countryside looking for valiant knights to come and join his court at Camelot. After having a few run-ins with politically astute peasants and one very stubborn black knight, he finally arrives at Camelot, only to decide at the last minute that it is a silly place and decides to leave.
Just then God appears and, after scolding Arthur for all of his annoying penitent behavior, gives Arthur and his knights a quest to go and find the Holy Grail. So Arthur, Lancelot (John Cleese), Galahad (Michael Palin) and Sir Robin (Eric Idle) separate and seek the Grail on their own. Along the way all manner of hilarity ensues. I won't elaborate further, but suffice to say, you will laugh until you cry, and I'm not just saying that because I named myself after one of the characters.In my opinion, Monty Python are the Beatles of comedy, and this is their finest showing. If you haven't seen it, go rent it. If you have seen it, go see it again. Otherwise I'll be forced to say...nee!