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What have the Romans ever done for us?,
This review is from: Monty Python's Life Of Brian [DVD]  (DVD)
John Cleese once said that this film is what he'd most like to be remembered for, which coming from a man who wrote some of the best Python sketches and Fawlty Towers, should tell you something about how good this film is.
Hugely controversial at the time, the subject matter of 'The Life of Brian' was considered strictly taboo in 1979, and even today it can still rattle a few cages, but ultimately the Python team all shared the same conviction that they were not poking fun at religion (or Jesus) per se, but at the people who blindly follow and misunderstand. In this way, 'The Life Of Brian' became not just a comedy classic, but a ground-breaking movie that pushed the barriers of what was previously considered 'off-limits'.
Graham Chapman revels in the lead role of 'Brian of Nazareth', and the rest of the team play multiple rolls, in a very Goon Show-esque type way, with the story always revolving around Brian. The turning point comes when, in an attempt to evade the notice of the Romans, Brian pretends to be a street preacher and gathers the attention of a small crowd. Once the Romans pass by, however, he stops preaching and tries to walk away, only to find that the small crowd want to hear the rest of what he was saying. As more and more people come along to find out what is happening, his followers multiply until they are convinced that he must be some sort of messiah. They follow Brian home only to be told by his mother that "There's a mess alright, but no messiah.." (I'm paraphrasing, by the way!)
Each member of the Python team contributes immensely to the film, with Eric Idle supplying a classic Python tune as Brian is being crucified ("Always Look On The Bright Side of Life"), Terry Gilliam with some great visual gags, Terry Jones as the director of the film, Cleese and Palin turning in multiple brilliant performances (like Cleese's Reg, the leader of the PFJ, and the classic "What have the Roman's ever done for us?" sketch), not to mention Chapman as the unsuspecting hero. There are also a couple of cameo appearances (notably Spike Milligan and George Harrison) which can be spotted by the eagle-eyed viewer, but are all too brief if you ask me.
If you haven't got this film in your collection, then now is your chance to correct the error of your ways!... and as the "Not the Nine O'Clock News" team once pointed out, Britain is still ostensibly a Python-worshipping country, so do your duty and buy a copy of this classic today!
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2011 11:08:29 BDT
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Posted on 9 Apr 2011 22:43:11 BDT
People's opinions do indeed differ - I fail to see how ANYONE could not find this hilarious!?! Utter genius...
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 08:45:48 BDT
S. Luton says:
This may be an old film but it still stands the test of time and is still funny. What you fail to take into account that if it were not for Monty Python doing these films then we would not be blessed with half the comedy films we have today. Whilst on the discussion of todays films i find that comedy films have gone backwards and have become purile humour as in the case of step brothers, which is basically 2 grown men acting like children. Compare that to this film where there is a clear message and some intelligent dialogue and Life of Brian stands out like The Holy Grail of comedy films.
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Last edited by the author on 30 Nov 2012 12:57:32 GMT
In reply to Jay, I find this film very funny, does that, therefore, make me a 'simple-minded type'? And what special dispensation does Jay have to call people who like this simple-minded types without knowing the generics of the audience it has reached? My cousin finds this film hilarious, he is employed by the government within the M.O.D., is he a 'simple-minded type? My other cousin in America is a doctor, he too finds this film utterly hilarious, he MUST be a simple-minded type then! Actually now I understand Jay's point, a Dr, a Civil Servant and myself (a qualified accountant) who all find this film hilarious. Maybe we could do a Simple Minds tribute band as, clearly, we are all 'simple minded types'!
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