King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles.
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The works of the Pythons has always divided audiences, their television series Monty Python and the Flying Circus is sometimes hard to get into and their films can make for an awkward unfunny viewing. Though, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the films I would consider as my one of my all time favourite films.
A take on the quest for the Holy Grail, done in a way only Monty Python can do, from start to finish its filled with the Pythons quirky humour, classic one-liners, and a musical number. It is probably for this reason why the film resonates with a wide range of audiences. And why today is considered not only one of the great comedy classics of cinema, but one of great British classics, and those are becoming few and far between.
The film today carries the look and feel of what can only be described as a mixture the ‘sweeded’ films fans create that have now become common place on Youtube, and a low budget epic (it is a British film after all). This is not a disadvantage however; it gives the film a fun light-hearted aspect, as though the actors are just playing dress-up.
Of all the Python films it is probably one of the most popular with audiences and Python fans. While Python humour may not be for everyone (just look at the controversy surrounding Life of Brian), this film is probably the most accessible for audiences. It manages to be fun, entertaining and in keeping with the Python humour attempts to take the Michael out of itself.
While more recent spoof genres may miss the mark, such as Tropic Thunder with its elaborate visuals taking the attention away from the performances, the Holy Grail revels in its low budget, and make-shift costumes, although you forget about this when you watch the film and couldn’t imagine it being made any other way.
The Holy Grail’s influences can be seen even today throughout films and television shows alike, just proving how influential and well received this film was and is today. It may be as factually accurate as the Da Vinci Code, but this a quest for grail that is more fun and looks set to be a firm British favourite for many more years to come.