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This movie reprised some of the 1st and 2nd season sketches very clearly. I loved the film. But what happened to the "It's" Man?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 is not a good Monty Python movie. The sketches are mostly terrible and are sex-fixated. If you are not a major Python-fan you better miss this one. Look at the Live at Hollywood Bowl movie instead.
All this movie is is an updated version of the TV series but it can't be as bad as Meaning Of Life or Spamalot. The Lumberjack song is overrated and can be seen 3 different times THREE DIFFERENT TIMES one is in the original TV series the other is in Live At The Hollywood Bowl and it always starts the same "I didn't want to be (context changes then) I want to be a lumberjack." If you ask me And Now For Something Completely Different is slow yep slow. It's not that I don't mind slow movies it's just if they're about to a) go somewhere with it or b) set up the characters more but these reasons can't be it because it's a sketch movie. To add a bonus here the jokes are unfunny. If you've seen only either movie or TV Series watch one and not the other.
Quite indeed, that fabulous gang of Monty Python made four long movies
this one being the first one. The movie was also an attempt to make an
impact at the American audiences, but had very little effect. Sketches
were taken from first and second season episodes of the Monty Python's
Flying Circus and acted a-new. Second season sketches were still unseen
in Britain and some of them appeared for the first time in this movie.
For a fan of Monty Python this film does not offer anything new, just a bit different view on the subject. Sketches in the film are no way better nor worse than those appearing in the show. If you're a great fan of the Pythons, you'll still find this movie a decent addition to your bookshelf, between your Frank Sinatra and Demis Roussos albums.
Just to estimate this film without any pressure from the Spanish Inquisition, I shall give only 5/10. The film still manages to give some good laughs as anything a monty does, but the rest of the Python films are significantly better.
As has been pointed out, this is not a movie but a collection of skits done
by the Monty Python troupe on their TV series. This makes it tough for me
to rate it and comment on it as a movie but vanity prevents me from do so
Don't get me wrong, the stuff was and still is great. It includes some of my favorites: the Twit of the Year, the Re-enactment of Pearl Harbor, the Milkman Trap, the Flasher. If this had been done 20 or 30 years later, Monty Python would have put their TV episodes out on video tape or DVD. Heck, that has probably happened but who knew back in 1971?
"Completely Different" does have more of Terry Gilliam's on-the-cheap animation. And true to its title, the segues are ingenious.
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