Jabberwocky has much of the Python about it, but takes its story much more seriously - perhaps more seriously than it should. I like medieval costume films that juxtapose modern life with the rubbish of a mythic Middle Ages and, being a sucker for Zeffirelli's vision, admire it being satirised here as it was later in A Knight's Tale. This is no 'Brother Sun Sister Moon' or 'Romeo and Juliet'; this is a schmaltz-free zone, a grim-but-true Middle Ages played for laughs. Here we meet the all-but senile Bruno the Questionable and the achingly ugly Griselda, with Michael Palin as the luckless commoner-hero Dennis who defeats the creaking monster Jabberwocky. There are parodies of Jaws that manage to be tense and funny in the way the monster's pov scans through the trees, some moments of real disgust with steaming corpses - the blood-spattering tournament is very good - and a lot of questions raised about toilet arrangements in the High Middle Ages. Schoolboy humour with a touch of the bizarre. But it is over-long, and lacks the wacky sketch-show pace of Life of Brian - and comparisons with Monty Python and the Holy Grail are inevitable, with this film usually coming off the worst. Funny? Certainly; but not Holy Grail funny.
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