The debut feature from the Pythons is an inspired humorous take on the King Arthur legend whose pleasures may have now been overcome by over familiarity with the film its it's oft quoted dialogue. So many scenes have simply become part of pop culture.
Anarchic and disrespectful, with a lot a crazy ideas like knights doing step dance or fighting a killer rabbit - and with God as kitschy talking animation. And of course the first three and a half minutes constitute the most entertaining main title credits I have ever seen. Couldn't be better - a highlight of very special British humor.
Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Amiable nonsense and not much more than arsing about. However it’s structurally quite playful with cinematic conventions – the opening inter-titles, the extended black-screen ending, etc. and has a silly charm – although Life of Brian is more satisfying on most levels – with the absurdist scenarios amusing in fits and starts. The feeling of filmed end-of-term revue never quite leave the mind. A jolly canter.