Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

Damn these are some crazy Brits!!

The no-holds-barred Pythons explore the various facets of life — from procreation to the clang of a death knell — in their typical irreverent fashion, proclaiming “Every sperm is sacred.” (Or didn’t you know?)

If you like all of Monty Python’s stuff: TV shows, movies, cds, etc. Basically your going to love this movie. Now, if your like me and is familiar with the material, then you might just like it.

The one thing I have to give this film something for, and that something is that it has balls. The Pythons take on the Catholic Church, hypocritical Protestants, boorish Americans, boorish Brits, heaven and hell, death (or is it Ingmar Bergman?), the universe, the national health system, and the meaning of life itself.

The problem I had with this film was that a lot of it for me just seemed too hit or miss. Sometimes the humor and everything they did and said were hilarious, then at other times it had me doing little chuckles, or just not chuckling at all. I liked what the film had to say and that’s the most important thing about this movie, but it just felt like sometimes they went a little bit too over board with its material. I know there is no such thing as going overboard in comedy, but this film has too many dance sequences, sex humor, and also too many religious stereotypes that were kind of more obvious than witty.

Don’t get me wrong here its funny, I just think the film was acting too much as it was like the show. I loved Monty Python and The Holy Grail, and I call it one of my favorites, but this just doesn’t have the charm or wit like that one did. I just felt like the jokes were a bit more tired than Holy Grail, and were trying to act as if we shouldn’t take anything in this world too seriously.

Now, the film, just like the TV show has some of the finest comedians of all-time working together in this film, and is hilarious. Almost every single actor is in every single sketch and adds a lot of their own pizazz to the skit, and livens the film up a bit. John Cleese is hilarious, as usual, in every single one, and just by looking at this you can tell he was destined for greatness.

Consensus: The Meaning of Life is funny, satirical, and well-acted, but if you aren’t so familiar with the material, the jokes may come off as too hit-or-miss for you, and doesn’t have the same wit or charm much like their other films.


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