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The film itself contains some well written pieces, however it is more like a preview or 'mix tape' of some Monty Python sketches. I feel that the acting (though good),comparatively lacked the energy and feeling of spontaneity given in the original versions of the sketches which were performed on T.V. There were also small changes to the dialogue of the sketches that (though maybe just because I've seen the original sketches so many times), did not fit as well. The whole movie didn't tie together as well as the T.V episodes did. I can remember watching the movie in 2003 when I was seven or eight, it was my first introduction to Monty Python and I found it hilarious, but since watching their other work I have come to see this movie as a lower-quality version. Since this movie is simply strung together classic sketches of Monty Python, I recommend simply watching the episodes or their other movies instead. This was probably their worst work.
And Now For Something Completely Different was the first of the films released by Monty Python.Most people only consider Holy Grail, Life Of Brian and Meaning Of Life(those are the only ones in the box set).But they should add this one as well.Yes it is basically skits from the series somewhat remade and combined into a feature film, but it is also a collection of some of the best skits from Monty Python flying circus.We have the dead parrot sketch, the lumberjack song, the old lady gang and many other classics! I find Monty Python's Flying Circus to have great skits, but also it's fair share of mediocre skits.This film does a great job of taking all the good ones.It is also combined with Terry Gilliam's brilliant animations.Even though you may have already seen it before, any Python fan should check this film out! They should also start considering it as a film in the series!
Monty Python's "And Now for Something Completely Different" (1971) isn't really a film. It is actually a ninety-minute sketch show that has a ragbag of some of the greatest skits ever performed, Python or otherwise. Many of the classic's are there (yes, the dead parrot make's a welcome appearance) including the wonderful "Self Defence Against Fresh Fruit" (John Clees on fine form) which is followed by the very funny spoof of BBC documentaries's in "Hell's Grannies". A personal favourite is "Expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro" that has Cleese interviewing Eric Idle about taking him on a expedition to mount Kilimanjaro. This was my first encounter with Monty Python, and I'm glad it won't be my last.
This wide screen version of Monty Python's early sketches, animation
and bodily sounds is a DVD delight. The humour is very much intact in
better lit interiors and more expansive, textured and colorful
exteriors than the TV series. I and my teenage son (we're Minneapolis
Lutherans) watched it together. His delight last night, matched mine
some 37 years ago. For him, it had the kind of appeal that Mad Magazine
had for me a half century ago. Go Gilliam -- subversive silliness has
younger champions in the land of lakes and corn.
Terry Jone's bare-assed organist continues to alert me to the dangers of naturism while still prompting me to shout "Bravo!" when ever the character appears. The Upper Class Twit sketch is among the funniest and best performed sketch to have ever been lensed.
Here we have a sketch-film by Monty Python that really is something
different! Python are for sure one of the greatest comedian-groups
ever, and I'm not talking just about English humor. They still are a
reference to young comedians nowadays, worldwide. Here in Portugal, for
instance, they influenced many comedians, and they're a clear source to
the humor of the best Portuguese comedians at the moment, "Gato
Fedorento" (their name can be translated to something like "Stinking
And now (let's talk) for something completely different: the film! It's a sketch-film done with some sketches of the first years of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" series. So we can say it's not really a film but a compilation of sketches, since there's no plot or fix characters. Nevertheless it's made up with the typical non-sense humor by Python, mixing hilarious silly jokes with some that make fun out of social and/or political matters. It's just Monty Python on their great and silly way of making fun! There're a great number of very funny sketches, others are not so hilarious but they are very good doing political sarcasm (like that one, now old-fashioned, about the American attempts to stop the international communism, during the Cold-War. They compare the American policies to the world to a teeth-past! But if we think well, it's probably not so old-fashion like that ).
It's the traditional but always funny humor of those crazy minds called Monty Python!
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These small studies usually contain the humor and its own critique. The
selection here is good and deserved to be much more famous. But I guess
the fame is limited by the plausible dimensions of Python's audience.
And Now For Something Completely Different is The Pythons' first film. It is as good as you could expect. Fanciful, lively surrealist inspiration. Some things are pushed as far as possible, yet there is a strong feel that the intelligent control is never really or completely lost.
Some of the jokes are absurdly well delivered.
More inventively conceived fun than sex--comedy--anyway,this isn't Benny Hill!
For their first motion picture, the Pythons decided to make a
compilation of some of their best skits from their first two years on
BBC instead of an original film (those would come later).
And Now For Something Completely Different, named after John Cleese's famous catchphrase, is a film consisting of higher quality versions of some of their famous early skits. You'll see "Expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro", "Nudge Nudge", "The Funniest Joke In The World" and some absolute classics such as "Dead Parrot", "The Lumberjack Song" and "Restaurant Sketch". My favorite is "Blackmail", where Eric Idle plays a host of a show that threatens to ruin people's marriages and lives unless they pay him off.
There also some great Terry Gilliam animations as well in ANFSCD. Good ones include "The Killer Cars", "Rampage Of The Cancerous Spot" and "The Cannibal Baby".
Yes, there are some weak skits here and I found the film a bit tougher to get used to as it doesn't have the T.V. trappings I usually see, but it remains an outstanding compilation for those who want to get into Monty Python's brand of sketch comedy. Highly recommended.
With this movie, all python fans will no exactly what they are getting,
it basically all the best sketches from the Flying Circus series,
re-filmed and arranged into a anthology of comedy genius.
Nearly all of the favourites are included, and of course the whole Python Gang is here; making this a real treat for every fan of the series.
The thing with Python comedy is the originality of the gags and the characters, but sadly they do have limited appeal for the new generation; such is the sheer lunacy and diversity of the humour.
I give it 8/10 "Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink; Say No More!"
Before moving on to cinema, the Monty Python were known for their
witty, anarchic, politically incorrect sketches which aired on the BBC
as part of the show Monty Python's Flying Circus. The sextet's feature
debut, And Now for Something Completely Different, is a selection of
unseen material, thanks to which the Python's irreverent humor became
known to the whole world.
Throughout the episodes, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin stage a series of surreal, hilarious and embarrassing situations. These skits have no links whatsoever between them, with the exception of Gilliam's animated sequences, which precede certain segments, and the occasional appearance of Cleese's host, speaking the titular line.
The fact that it's not a proper movie, but a succession of unrelated jokes, unlike their following films, is a partial disappointment. In addition, not all the gags are equally funny. But some of them are really exceptional, the undeniable proof that the Python set the foundations for modern comedy, still not surpassed (The Office is quite close, though). The unmissable bits are The Dead Parrot, The Dirty Fork, The World's Funniest Joke and The Lumberjack Song (ace, even if it can't beat the peerless Always Look on the Bright Side of Life). Those segments will cheer you up like few other movies have managed to (unless it's another Python feature, of course). In fact, perhaps, when the closing credits start rolling, you might be able to actually see John Cleese announce your return to reality:
And now for something completely different...
The Monty Python-groups's first movie is a mere medley of the favorite
sketches from the Flying Circus TV-show. That's why how much you'll
enjoy this movie depends if you have seen these shows. If you haven't,
you'll be in for a delight. The Pythons have a wonderful talent of
mixing different kinds of comedy, from witty word-play to physical
slapstick-comedy to my personal favorite, totally offbeat and crazy
humour. The sketches also usually break the regular pattern of comedy
sketches, there are no punchlines or acted jokes and normal sketches
can end on a cartoon link to the next sketch or to an announcer saying
the movie's title; "And now for something completely different".
If you have seen old MPFC episodes before, there's little more to offer you. There's none of new material, and as the most important thing in the Python comedy is the element of surprise (and fear and almost fanatical devotion to the Pope and...). Old sketches are merely linked together in a new way and made with a slightly higher budget. For example this time in the Dead Parrot sketch they are using an actual stuffed parrot. For fans the greatest point of interest is probably the much cleaned and remastered animations, as well as some new during the closing credits, from the twisted mind of Terry Gilliam.
Best Sketches: I have two favorite sketches, one from the verbal humour dept. and one from the offbeat dept. The Nudge-nudge sketch may resemble the work of other sketch comedians, but the pure wit of Eric Idle leaves them all behind. As for the offbeat-humour, the documentary describing a part of London in fear of a gang called Hell's Grannies is ace!
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