Sunday, July 18, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #64

64. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

If I could pick one word to describe this movie, it would be zany. The Monty Python gang certainly knows how to do zany. Now, when you think of the Arthurian legend, fast-paced comedy is not what comes to mind. Only the boys from Monty Python's Flying Circus can do comedic justice to the legend and get away with it. The movie tells the tale (or at least tries to) of King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his knights on their quest to find the Holy Grail. What ensues are the wild adventures he has as he finds his knights (Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Chaste, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot), comes upon various castles (the insulting French knights and the Castle Anthrax) and meets strange characters (like The Knights Who Say Ni, The Black Knight and the Old Man from Scene 24). I could go on and on repeating line after line that shows why I (and several others) love this film, but if I did, the blog would never end. Suffice it to say, it is one of the funniest films ever and provides a great distraction to those looking for movies about the Camelot legend. Just remember: "Let's not go to Camelot, 'tis a silly place."

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