The Saturday Movie Reviews continue. Now that the
April Fool’s Day gag is over, and that I have home
Internet access, I’ll post a schedule of the
forthcoming reviews for all to see.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Graham Chapman as King Arthur and others

John Cleese as Sir Lancelot and others

Eric Idle as Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir
Lancelot and
others

Terry Gilliam as the Bridgekeeper and others

Terry Jones as Sir Bedevere and others

Michael Palin as Sir Galahad the Pure and others

Connie Booth as the Witch


Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle,
Terry Gilliam,
Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

Complete information is available from the
IMDB
.

Buy from: Amazon.com
or Amazon.ca

Past movie reviews can be found here.

Premise

King Arthur is given a holy quest to find the Holy
Grail.

Some Words on the DVD

I feel compelled to discuss the DVD features, as this
has one of the
best lists of special features I’ve seen. In addition
to the usual
subtitles (English, Spanish, French) it also includes
the screenplay
as subtitles, and the rather unique “Subtitles for
People Who Don’t
Like the Film (taken from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part
II).” It
boasts a high definition widescreen transfer with pink
frilly edges,
commentary by the five remaining Pythons in two
commentary tracks, a
“Follow the Killer Rabbit” feature, a “special feature
for the Hard of
Hearing,” sing-alongs, an educational film on “How to
Use Your
Coconuts,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego”
and a number of
other extras that are listed in detail at the
Amazon.com page. If
you’re one of those people who isn’t sure if they want
to pick it up,
the excellent features just might make it worth your
while.

High Point

“A moose once bit my sister” and so forth.

Low Point

The set-up to the ending was sudden, and as it only
involved on
individual, it didn’t really work to end things as it
did. That
should have been tweaked to better integrate the
ending into the
film. It should have involved more knights, or at
least clearly used
Arthur/Graham.

The Scores

This is original. Though the ending has
structural problems,
it is certainly unique. There are a number of
self-referential gags,
and a number of send-ups of the usual attempts at this
typicall
serious subject. I give it 6 out of 6.

The effects don’t even try to convince. This
attitude seems
much more like a stylistic choice than a true failing,
so it’s hard to
really hold that against them. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is a series of skits loosely tied
together into a
rather general plot. The skits are good, certainly,
but it’s still
not that coherent, particularly compared to the film
of next week’s
review. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting is limited to a series of
depthless caricatures who
often have similar personalities. These people are
here to deliver
hilarious dialogue, not to act. I give it 3 out of 6.

The emotional reponse is where the film
shines. This is just
plain funny. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is more involved and
interesting than most
comedies. It’s clearly quite low budget, but there
was some attempt
made to maintain a variety in camera work. I give it
4 out of 6.

Overall, this is a comedy that succeeds at
being funny. The
other issues are not in the important areas. I give
it 5 out of 6.

In total, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
receives 32 out of
42.

Next Week

Next week we review Monty Python’s Life of
Brian
.