The Pythons set their sights on the Greatest Story Ever Told in this parody about the history of, not Jesus, but the boy born right next door to the manger, Brian. After a series of absurd events he is mistaken for the promised messiah.
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Such a strange, interesting piece of comedy. The first time a heard about it, was from a sunday school teacher, it was one of his favorite movies. This never takes, like Monty Python never does, the obvious path. It is hilarious, surprising. Heretic, in the best meaning of the word. Does not feel like an attack to Christianity. Maybe, like when I first heard of it, some christians might even laugh harder. Some not.
Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say: some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble; give a whistle, and this'll help things turn out for the best. And... always look on the bright side of life...
The best of Python on film with a structured narrative from which to develop the set pieces and a nice level of religious critique without becoming too pious in its own right. Try and see through the oft-quoted lines and succumb to the delicious silliness.
The one where the Pythons' gleeful, absurdist anarchy truly blossoms forth as one continuously narrative, naughtius-maximus, shipshape, spot-on, timeless satire (still) with something to offend everyone. RIP Mr Jones.
4,5 masterful religious satire, exactly the way it is supposed to be.
later edit: just watching a debate with John Cleese, Michael Palin and some religious dumbasses regarding this film.Cleese:" 400 years ago we'd have been burnt for this film. I suggest we'd make an advance." Hilarious!