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This is a collection of many of the best and most loved sketches from the Flying Circus, redone on a (slightly!) bigger budget, and with a film crew instead of on sets. That of course means the camera-work is more loose and with proper, attractive cinematography, the editing more crisp, and the production value increases noticeably(better FX, sound quality, etc.). The parts tend to be played by the same members and extras(the lovely Carol Cleveland included), and much of the animation is reused. Things are put in a different order to keep things fresh, and some of the segues are changed, as well. Timing is at times less sharp than the original version, but they certainly put the same passion and effort into it. The Dead Parrot, "Say no more" man, "the importance of not being seen" and many others. This is like a reel of the greatest of the episodes, coming in at slightly less than 90 minutes. Of course there are slow points, and there is, indeed, no new material here. And yes, if you are unfamiliar with them, I'd try to watch the show before this. There is a lot of bloody, violent, disturbing content, a little sexuality and brief topless female nudity in this. I recommend it to long-time fans. 8/10
While I slightly prefer Life of Brian and Holy Grail, this is still a wonderful Monty Python film. It is basically a recycling of some of the funniest of their BBC TV sketches, but that is not a bad thing at all. Why? Because these sketches are actually hilarious, especially the dead parrot sketch, the Upper Class Twit of the year race, the Dirty Fork sketch and the Lumberjack song. The script is sparkling and witty, with so many quotable and laugh-out-loud funny moments, the film looks presentable, the direction is great and the music is fine. And I loved the acting too, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin are wonderful as they always are with their impeccable comic timing and their characters are cleverly incorporated and memorable. Overall, wonderful and quite unique, a must if you love Monty Python. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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The best and not the best sketches from the Monty Python's Flying Circus strung together. The film contains most of the favorite sketches from the show done over on actual locations and not in a studio with some new (and old) animation to link them. Its a grand old time for those who love the show and the sketches, and the perfect primer for those wanting to know what all of the fuss is about. Odds are that if the film makes you laugh, you'll like Python and its brand of off kilter humor. Is it the best of the films? no. Nor is it really the best showcase for some of the sketches. Part of the problem is that the arrangement of the sketches isn't ideal. They don't really flow as neatly into each other as on the show. The other problem is direction of the sketches isn't ideal. Frankly the director didn't understand much of the humor and what was tight sketch comedy on the TV show is much too loose here. Still, despite its flaws the film will make you laugh. Recommended.
Yes, this has many of their classic bits and a few less well known ones.
But there are better recordings of most of them.
Take the parrot sketch; in the movie, it is done very dry and proper, not the insane tirade it became in its live version.
For the sketches, I would get live performances. All the Pythons really seem to be energized by performing in front of an audience. (I heartily recommend the "Secret Policeman's Other Ball.")
This movie was my first introduction to the insanely hilarious world of Monty Python, and an excellent intro it was too! One really good point is that you get to see so many different characters and hilarious situations with the collection-type format. A few of my favourites are the Blackmail game show, "nudge nudge wink wink", the mountain climbing thing in the office, the Twit of the Year competition and too many others! Fabulous!
Certainly this is an excellent introduction to Monty Python.
In matter of fact, I think it was because of this film that I happened to develop an interest in Monty Python. However, I will admit that the tamer renditions in the film weren't exactly as funny as the originals, although I do like that "International Chinese Communist Conspiracy" rendering therein....
Ah, the first Monty Python movie... but actually it is false
advertisement to call this a movie, because this is actually just the
funniest (well not all of them) sketches from the "Monty Python's
Flying circus". There is not real red line or even attempted plot
between the jokes, they just follow each other in random order.
As the series and other Python movies "And Now for Something Completely Different" is a mix between live action and animated scenes, which of I liked the live action better, tough the animated parts do have their own charm and they do cause a whew giggles, but in all they are partly in just to add some more lenght.
Main actors are John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Carol Cleveland. They all act in various different parts, so it would be hard to start listing them all. All of them are good and funny actors, who deliver their punch lines in correct places. Most memorable sketches are "The upper class twit of the year", "Worlds deadliest joke" and "The importance of staying hidden".
What else to say? Well nothing much. If you liked Monty Python or British comedy, you will find this funny as well. Not the best Python movie, but still pretty funny.
Maybe it's the film format or the lack of an audience, but the sketches just aren't lively and funny here. There are a few great moments, and it is interesting to see them film in actual locations (e.g., a real pet shop for the parrot sketch). But overall I recommend sticking with the TV versions.
Some of the sketches in this work better for Python than they did on TV. For example the "How To Defend Yourself Against Fresh Fruit" and "Nudge Nudge" sketches seem to work better on film. But a lot of the classic bits don't work as well as they did the first time the group performed them on "Monty Python's Flying Circus". The "Dead Parrot" sketch, for one, is not nearly as funny. But you do get to see Graham Chapman doing some extremely funny stuff in the "Upperclass Twit of the Year" sketch.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. *** John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Raucous collection of skits and absurd humor by the master clowns of mocking mirth, Monty Python, from their iconoclastic television series that includes many hysterically funny moments especially The Twit of the Year bit. Inspired lunacy.
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