Sunday, February 26, 2006

monty python's life of brian

Life of Brian is the second Monty Python movie i watched. So i had quite some expectations from it, and the movie surely didn't let me down. I had quite a laugh, but not the sort of stupid laugh i sometimes get from silly American comedies or comedy/romances. Nope. Life of Brian uses English humour as a perfect tool to critisize excessive religiosity, as well as hypocrite and manipulative religion. In other words, as Wikipedia characterizes it "a sacrilegious film "deserving censorship". The movie presents the life of Brian Cohen (played by Graham Chapman), a young man born nearly the same time as, and right down the street from Jesus.
What I liked the most was the way in which psychology of masses is portrayed. I remember one person asking at a certain point: "How shall we fuck off, oh, Lord?" and i found that terribly funny. And then, there were many scenes which seemed to take place in one of today's churches, with people having come to listen to Jesus preaching who end fighting and arguing and insulting each other.
All in all, in 2000, "Life of Brian" was voted the greatest comedy film of all time by readers of the Total Film magazine. In 2004 the same magazine named it the 5th greatest British film of all time. And i do not believe that this happened for nothing.


Blogger Inflicted said...

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Blogger diana said...

thanks! i got hold of a lot of monty material myself this week. as soon as i finish with this, i'm gonna let you know ;)

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Blogger Random said...

I would have to agree that this is one of the best comedy movies made. It has a bigger budget and is more complete than the Holy Grail.

I read that Cleese expressed that he wished that the Pythons hadn't made Meaning of Life, but I think it's a fine addition to the Pythons movie collection.


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