Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I was probably in middle school the first time I heard of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it may even have been before that. I remember being at summer camp, and one of my friends regaling everyone with recitations of scene after scene of comic goodness. Scenes that, even as described by a kid were absolutely hilarious. Before long we were all performing elaborate re-creations of scenes based on a movie few of us had even heard of before. This was, of course, long before the day of video on-demand, or Netflix, but I was eventually able to borrow or rent a copy of the film on VHS and if I wasn’t impressed with the film before, (which, frankly I was,) I was definitely impressed now.
I was amazed at how accurately my friend had described the scenes I was now familiar with. (Of course, they were far, far, funnier when performed by the comic geniuses of the Python troupe.) And there was also so much more. While I already knew scenes like the Witch Trial, and the Bridge of Death, and had heard of scenes like the Knights Who Say Ni, there was so very much more. The Swallow-Savvy Guards, Dennis the Constitutional Peasant, the Taunting Frenchmen, and on, and on. This movie is a timeless gem of cinematic comedy. I’m out of time today, so once again I’m going to have to cut this review short, but there is no doubt for me that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is an absolute must see. I’m not claiming it is the greatest movie of all time, but it is indboutably one of the Essentials. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should do yourself a favor, and do so very soon.