Friday, January 28, 2011

Magical Movie Monday:Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"She turned me into a newt!"
"A newt?!"
"...I got better..."

Monty Python, you either love them, or you just don't get them at, I love em!
There are so many versions of the magical tales of the Arthur legend, but only one that includes that age old question, "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
I watched this one over the weekend and decided this cult classic would be a perfect Magical Movie Post in honor of P.J. my son-in-law who celebrated his birthday this weekend by injuring himself at work and then going home to read a book about Murphy's Law. P.J. and later ending up at the hospital with my daughter who is pregnant and thought she had a kidney infection! Turns out she's ok, but it was a rough weekend P.J., so this ones for you! I really enjoyed watching it with my 12 year old son Tristan, it's fun enjoying a film you've seen a million times with someone who's never seen it, you get to relive it anew.

From the first scene when Arthur and his squire Patsy (yes, a dude named Patsy) came trotting over the hill on foot pretending they are on horses, Patsy clattering coconuts together to make the sound of hooves, Tristan totally lost it. Yes, it's low on budget but rich with laughs if you enjoy British humor, which I do. If you don't enjoy British humor, I recommend you watch it once with subtitles on, just to be sure.

Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, and starring the cast of Monty Python adding Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, all in multiple roles, this film should not be considered historically accurate (even though there's a historian in it.) While King Arthur travels the land looking for knights to join him at Camelot he and his knights are given a quest by God while in a slightly annoyed mood, to go in search on the Holy Grail. They come across some truly ridiculous obstacles including the Knights that say "Ni" who demand shrubbery as tribute, taunts by the French followed by catapulted farm animals, and the most ferocious rabbit in film history.

Some of my favorite scenes in this movie include the battle between Arthur and the Black Knight, a real go-getter who's still picking a fight after loosing both arms and legs, the Bridge of Death in which the knights must answer three questions in order to pass, and the knights are lead by the mysterious Tim the Enchanter to the lair of the killer rabbit. I love the scene where Sir Bedevere "connects the dots" for the peasantry to explain the logical method for discovering if someone is a witch by leading them to ridiculous conclusions.

Great characters, outrageous situations and clever dialogue make this film really fun to watch. The Pythons make fun of everything from religion, the witch trials, even the black plague in this satirical view of the dark ages.

And remember, "you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you."

Monday Movie Featured Item:

The Holy Grail had the power to heal, unlike the French, I don't already have one, but I do have a coffee mug with the Celtic Goddess of healing Bridget on it...what did you expect, a shrubbery?!    Available in our Etsy Shop


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