Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Monty Python comedy clan skewers King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they quest far and wide for the Holy Grail.

Year: 1975
Certificate: 12
Director: Terry GilliamTerry Jones
Starring: Graham ChapmanJohn CleeseEric IdleTerry GilliamTerry JonesMichael PalinConnie BoothCarol ClevelandNeil Innes

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After my last review of Monty Python’s Life of Brian I thought it would be good to follow with one of their other movies that I’ve seen many times but not for many years. In “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” we follow King Arthur on his quest for the Holy Grail – but before that we have the opening credits. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but you should certainly read the opening credits and pay attention to what’s happening as it get the film off to a very funny and very silly start.

The film follows King Arthur as he hires his Knights of The Round Table and then heads on his mission to find the Holy Grail where lots of happen along the way. If I’m honest, it’s a hard film to review without giving too much away as it does, at times, feel like a string of comedy sketches thrown together to tell the story. This, however, isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you’re watching it but it makes it harder for me to write about it!

The music throughout the film is perfect and really adds to the theme of knights and Camelot and the special effects, while dated and cheesy, simply add to the comedic value. There are lots of memorable moments throughout the film such as the Knights who say ‘Nee’, the French knights, the Black Knight and some amusing musical numbers dotted about. They even manage to fit in plenty of Gilliam’s animated pieces.

The cast are great with many playing numerous parts throughout and even though I’ve seen this film countless times, I still see things I’ve missed before – there are plenty of visual gags that are easy to miss.

While I do think that Life of Brian is a better film with a better story, The Holy Grail is still my favourite of the two – there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, lots of funny things to see and a ridiculous story to boot. Even if you’ve seen this plenty of times I would recommend giving it another watch – I guarantee you’ll spot something new that you’ve missed before. If you like silly but clever films then this will be a perfect match for you.

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