I've lost count how much I've quoted this film. I backpacked around Australia and still managed to find people all over the world who clicked immediately with the Knights of NI, The Black Knight, Coconuts, Camelot (it's only a model), Killer Rabbits and Holy Hand Grenades. Criticising it as stupid and silly is redundant because that's exactly the point of it aimed towards the immature that was created by geniuses.
This film changed the genre itself. It showed that great comedies didn't have to be silly slapstick. The film is full of clever jokes, visuals, and it even dips into the political realm. The film set the standard for comedies to come and showed that comedy films could be clever and involve real world issues.
This is the second viewing. Thanks to this movie, I became more convinced that Monty Python is mankind's greatest achievement in comedy. I almost couldn't stop laughing when I was watching this movie. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL took the well-known story of King Arthur and make a parody of it. Director Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones were having fun with this movie & they share it with their audience. It's classic!
It just never lets up, not for one moment. Scene after scene after scene, a new idea, gag, quip, double entendre, one-liner, something, ANYTHING, is thrown into the already ludicrous mix and you're just there looking at the screen, smile stapled to your cheeks, wondering if the Monty Python gang issued a trademark request on imaginative comedy when they issued this thing in '75.
Blindingly funny at times, but also a tad too stupid at others (at least for me), Monty Python And The Holy Grail takes many shots and makes most of them. Unfortunately a film so light on plot and character needs to make pretty much all of its jokes connect to maintain consistent attention.
the pythons havin a piss on an olde English storie...more quotable than the two movies that followed (and therefore meme-ified to death by now) this remains, with fresh eyes, a lovely romp in the existential balm of absurdity...the whole cast is on point here, especially Graham Chapman as King Arthur and John Cleese as the overgrown adolescent Frenchman...so I close with a meme..."run away!",