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Monty Python's second best movie. It's not a feature length story, but a bunch of sketches. Funniest things I've seen this side of Holy Grail. Other people say that the sketches are boring. Well, they're just plain wrong. From the dramatic recreation of Pearl Harbor to Hell's Grannies this is well worth a rental.
This, is very hardcore Python, and it may not appeal to casual fans, but to fans of the Monty Python team, this is unmissable. Most people reading this will have already have seen the film, and to people who havent seen it yet, i say only one thing - go out and watch it now. OK, some of the scenes may not be the funniest that Python have ever done, but stick with it. With clips like the famous parrot sketch, etc this truly is a work of pure genius.
For me compilation tapes don't really work, but because each sketch included in this has been acted out again and edited it works really well. This is one of my favourite films. Although many great Python sketches were left out, the ones that were left in were truly some of the Pythons best work. It's a hilarious film thats full of really intelligent humour.
"And Now For Something Completely Different" is an entertaining, if very uneven, compilation film, moving along so quickly and including so many different sketches that it's hard to reject it as a whole, even when you dislike some parts. Brilliant episodes ("Dead Parrot", "Mountaineering Sketch", "Upper-class Twit-Of-The-Year Competition")alternate with bummers ("The World's Deadliest Joke", "Marriage Councelor") and with mildly funny parts (The accountant that wants to become a lion tamer), but the film generally maintains that surrealistic, subversive Python flavor that their fans seek.
A straight reworking of the best loved sketches from the TV series.The sketches are not as fresh as the originals and feel almost forced and as a consequence lose a lot of the energy that made them so refreshing.The film served little purpose other than to introduce the team's humour to an American audience.
Maybe this isn't the best Monty Pyton has done, but there are some of the finest Flying Circus in between. I mean, The joke that is so funny, that you die laughing, and how to stay camouflaged are really funny. If you do like Monty Pyton this is a must.
Highlights the funnier sketches. The "Marriage Counselor" skit with Eric Idle just cracks me up as does the "Clean Fork" and "Mountain Expedition". Just great stuff. If you like this you will definitely like "Parrot Sketch Not Included", very funny too with lesser known (but just as funny) skits.
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Although this film is only a retread of the most famous skits from the
first and second season of the famed TV-series you got no choice than
to go along with it and enjoy. There is not much new here and if the
Pythons are completely unknown to you you will probably find it
The choice to not alter too many lines from the original skits is a smart choice. It would ruin the whole idea to have some of the jokes rewritten to appeal to a wider audience. The Pythons have always had the attitude that either you get them or you don't.
Both Carol Cleveland and the former Mrs. Cleese, Connie Booth make appearances as in the TV-series and Terry Gilliam's animation is only slightly remodeled from the originals. So what can you say? Was it a bad idea to reproduce the skits - maybe. But to see the Pythons in full swing is always a pleasure so who cares? Maybe there will be a new Python reunion movie, minus the late Graham Chapman of course and that would probably be a lot worse. It is better to remember them when they were in top form and here they certainly are.
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Most people think that Holy Grail was the first, followed by Life of Brian and Meaning of Life, but, technically, this was the first film from the Monty Python. It is basically a full-length version of the TV sketch show Flying Circus, recycling all the best and well-known sketches into a film. Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Carol Cleveland, all in various roles, with Fawlty Towers' (and Cleese's wife at the time) Connie Booth as Best Girl. The sketches included in the film are: "How Not to Be Seen", "The Statue" (of Michael Angelo's David), "Hell's Grannies", "The Funniest Joke in the World", "Killer Cars", "Blackmail" (the game-show), and finishing with "Upper Class Twit of the Year". All the sketches I saw on The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches, "Lumberjack Song" (number 48), "Nudge Nudge" (number 31) and "Dead Parrot" (number 2). I was disappointed it didn't include "The Ministry of Silly Walks" (number 15) and "The Spanish Inquisition" (number 12), I didn't get all the gags, and I much preferred Holy Grail and Life of Brian with their plots, but for the animations and some of the above sketches, this is certainly worth watching. John Cleese was number 14 on The 50 Greatest British Actors, John Cleese was number 14 on The 50 Greatest British Actors, Eric Idle was number 21, and Cleese number 2 on The Comedians' Comedian, "Nudge nudge, wink wink" was number 11, and "And now for something completely different" number 5 on 50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases, and Monty Python's Flying Circus was number 5 on The 100 Greatest TV Shows. Very good!
Rather than see it as an introduction to the Python, I saw this just to see
the only other Python film that was PG in the US. I had seen "Monty Python
And The Holy Grail," which wasn't as funny (A killer rabbit? Policemen
arresting knights? A knight killing innocent people for no reason? IS NOT
FUNNY! --small giggle--). I actually laughed more at this than at "Holy
Grail," possibly because it wasn't just one thing with a few things
different--it was almost always completely different!
Having seen 1.03 episodes of the show, I must say that though they seem to have a longer time with the sketches because it wasn't restrained to about 5 minutes ("The Deadliest Joke In The World" had more content that I would have liked to see in this), this had more sketches and was much funnier. Their best movie (even though lots are saying that they could have done better). Rating: 4/6 (for being rrreeeaaalllyyy weird)
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