A film whose details, despite countless viewings, I have remembered far more than the plot. Four decades on, the satire of religion, in the West at least, appears to have its punch softened, but there's no denying the hilarity of the gags and the characterisation. And it's also an excellent period film.
It is good that Christians don't sort to terror when it comes to making jokes about religion or the members of Monty Python would all have been targeted for death long time ago. It did manage to get banned in Norway for twenty years for blasphemy by censors which could illustrate that Norwegians probably protected the comedians from death threats anyway. Fun movie though with the ultimate "happy" crucifixion scene.
"yes, we are individuals!" pythons go from taking the steam out of a religious quest to taking aim at the audience's most sacred cow, The Passion...like all monty's stuff, some of this is juvenile, but there's enough religious irreverence here to rankle and tickle the most pious of folks...always look on the bright side of life, whistle a tune, and don't take yourself so seriously,
One of the great satires about religion, heresy, and funny enough even communism...coming from the six comedic geniuses of Monty Python. I can only quote what Python member and director Terry Jones said about the film,"'Life of Brian' isn't blasphemous because it doesn’t touch on belief at all. It is heretical, because it touches on dogma and the interpretation of belief, rather than belief itself."
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!