Sunday, 18 November 2012

The Meaning of Life (1983) - ★★★★★

Director: Terry Jones
Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Monty Pythons 'The Meaning of Life' is one of the crudest, funniest, most entertaining movies I've ever seen. It is hilarious from start to finish, using the same style of sketches that made them so famous in Flying Circus. The difference is that the sketches are created under the small premise of finding out what the meaning of life is.

There is not one sketch that falls flat in the film. Not one Monty Python member is unfunny either. Out of the four films they've made including this one; Holy Grail, Life of Brian, And Now for Something Completely Different; The Meaning of Life is arguably the funniest.

Some of the funniest sketches include Michael Palin as a Seargent Major, where he tries to get his company to "March up and down the square!" in vain. Another is John Cleese trying to teach students sexual education through practical lessons with his wife. Perhaps the most memorable would have to be Terry Jones as the enormously fat Mr. Creosote, who explodes after eating too much food.

The music and the dialogue in this film is so funny that my sides hurt from laughing too much. For me, the random humour from the Monty Python men are among the funniest I've ever seen. This is my kind of comedy, which in my opinion was done intelligently and with perfect comic timing in The Meaning of Life.

A word of warning. If you do not like nudity, vomit, blood, swearing or grotesque humour, then don't watch this film. It is not for you and I doubt you could sit through the whole thing. These things do not bother me, which is why I could subjectively watch the film and truly appreciate the comic genius that is Monty Python. I will go as far as to say that this is one of the funniest films of all time.

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