Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. The film was a success on its initial release, and Idle used the film as the inspiration for Spamalot (2005), Tony Award winning movie.

The plot of this movie is based on the legend of King Arthur and his quest to find the Holy Grail. It is said that King Arthur got his sword, the Excalibur from the Lady of the Lakes and that the sword is considered to have magical powers, thus making King Arthur stand on a firm platform of heroism because not all can get the Excalibur. And Monty Python and the Holy Grail very humorously portrays the efforts of King Arthur and his Knights in finding the holy goblet.

The set of characters included for this story line are;
Central Charater:
King Arthur (Chapman)
Knights of the Round Table:
Sir Bedevere the Wise (Jones)
Sir Lancelot the Brave (Cleese)
Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot (Idle)
Sir Galahad the Pure (Palin)

The story begins with King Arthur, who sets out to find 'brave' knights to join him at Camelot and this scene is fun to watch as even the sorry-plight of the poor is shown hilariously. When King Arthur gets his brave knights, they all journey towards Camelot and when they reach the destined place, Arthur decides not to enter, as 'it is a silly place'. Meanwhile they are instructed by God to seek out the Holy Grail. The quest for the holy chalice begins from here, the knights get separated and each go in different directions in search of the holy grail. Arthur too takes his own path in this search. The search reveals to the audience the contradictory natures of the knights (like, Sir Galahad the 'Pure' is shown as someone who almost loses his virginity, willingly though) and those become the most laughing scenes.

Also, there is the intrusion of the modern century characters like the policemen, the reporters and the anchors - they add in to the humor of the story and they help in concluding the movie. However, the movie has an abrupt ending as King Arthur and two of his knights get arrested by the police, and the movie stops with the play of an organic music.

Overall, I enjoyed watching the movie and to watch this movie with the company of friends is even more enjoyable. I would give this comedy movie a rating of 3.95 on a scale of 5.0.


Shivani Naik said...

Hello there!

Although my growling stomach didn't allow me to enjoy the movie thoroughly, the scenes that I did catch were hilarious! And I agree, it is a wonderful movie to enjoy in the company of friends.

I liked reading your crisp review. Hoping to see more of these come up on your blog!

Arun said...

Good to see your review. Some how I missed watching this movie, after reading your review seems to me to watch this, good review. Have a nice day

Suhasini Srihari said...

Thank you for the reply Shivi! And I hope to watch the remaining 2 parts with your company beside! :)

Suhasini Srihari said...

Thank you Sir! This movie was listed one amongst the "Top 100 Comedy English Movies" and please do share your take on the movie after you've watched it. :D

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