#16 Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

#16 Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) I love British humor, and Monty Python were as groundbreaking as they were irreverent. Sure Holy Grail was a hilarious movie (with perhaps the greatest ending of all time, ever) but Life of Brian is the greatest thing the Python's have ever done, save for their live performance at the Hollywood Bowl, but that wasn't a movie. Life of Brian is. And a damn funny one too. This movie follows a narrative more closely which makes it a superior cinematic experience. This story isn't about Jesus, it's about Brian, who was born at the exact same time. Next door in fact. His life is a mirror of Jesus's, but to masterfully comedic affect. Seeing Brian have his Latin grammar corrected by a Roman guard, played by John Cleese, who caught him writing graffiti on a wall is one of the funniest thing I've ever seen. The "message" that Brian spouts off to citizens off the top of his head when put on the spot, becomes the most spiritual movement in ancient history in a matter of seconds! This movie reminds you that even being known as the "son of god" is a matter of being at the right place, at the right time. If you know me, then you know how I have a love for all things blasphemous, and this movie ranks highly by not being crude or accusatory, but by being honest and analytical. Seeing Michael Palin dance around as an ex-leper begging for change is gut-bustingly funny. Graham Chapman as Brian is a great lead character who just wants to be left in peace, but keeps bumbling into worse situations without any idea of how to get out gracefully. Terry Jones plays his high-pitched over protective mother whose easy to love to hate. This movie was divinely chosen to be number sixteen. Oh, and don't forget, always look on the bright side of life.

1 comment:

checho said...

You kinda get the feeling that it's exactly what happened to jesus... He didn't wanna be a "saviour" but his stupid-ass followers turned him into one. Good choice, Bill... one of my favourites too. I love the "what have the romans done for us?" scene, and the satire of the communist cells is pure fucking brilliance... "I thought we were the Popular Front?" lol.....