Saturday, January 17, 2015

Netflix Instant Queue Movie Review: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (1983)

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Movie"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life"
Director: Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
Year: 1983
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Monty Python explores the meaning of life from birth to death in a series of short often silly sketches.  
As with many sketch style films, some of the skits in this movie are hits and some are misses. Monty Python luckily succeeds with having more hits than misses here, but the ones that are bad really do stand out among all the brilliant sketches. Each short piece of this movie has its own unique part of a much larger tale about life from beginning to end, though as a whole, it is closer to the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" television show rather than their other films like "The Holy Grail" or "Life of Brian." There are some hilarious and memorable songs in this film, too, like "Every Sperm is Sacred" at the beginning of the film and Eric Idle's Universe song at the end. These songs interweave with some genius dialogue and plot points, as is typical with most Monty Python feats. When you add these moments to the infamous vomiting scene, well, this is less of a classic than aforementioned films for which the Monty Python troupe is famous, but it still ranks up there in comedic history. Ranging from bizarre and hilarious to bizarre and downright unhinged, this is their final adventure all together and one you must watch if you're a fan of either Monty Python or comedy legends in general, though they are definitely not for everyone.

My Rating: 6.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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