The Monty Python collective explains it all in this episodic comedy. Overworked insurance clerks are staging a mutiny. They succesfully gain control of the building. But the building suddenly turns into a ship…
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The Pythons got it all bigger and better, sets and choreography and special effects and prosthetics and extras and early computer animation, and then throw it all into a mean-spirited absurdist mix of splattering blood and projectile vomiting and kicking religions ass and deconstructing every stage of human existence. I cannot decide whether this is my favorite Monty Python of all time or if I'll be able to sleep.
Rather scrappy compendium of scataloigcal jokes. As ever a uneven bag of hit and misses; when it scores high it's a delight but at its lowest merely tired. The larger budget is not a help on the whole.
Nowhere nearly as memorable or funny as Holy Grail or, my personal favorite, Life of Brian. Like everyone, the most memorable sequence and one that is, unlike everyone, my personal favorite is the Mr. Creosote sequence. The words wafer thin is in my vocabulary every time I eat too much; I could explode like he does...who knows? Anyway, it's largely a wasted opportunity for something that coulda been great...but isn't
“The Meaning of Life” is rather a collection of sketches than a movie in traditional sense. Some of them are actually even boring, but there are these moments of evil genious, like Every Sperm is Sacred, The Death Sentence or The Discussion Topics for Middle Aged that are so hilarious that you just have to fall on your knees and thank the universe for creating Monty Python.