Sunday, 4 October 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

Now if there's one thing you definitely can't do, it's turn a sketch show into a full-length movie. And if there's one thing the Monty Python crew were good at, it was proving that you actually can do things everyone knows you can't do.

Basically a series of their funniest sketches loosely linked together by other scenes or animation, the whole thing works because of the sheer random madness of it all. There are some reoccurring characters and themes, but basically it's very disjointed - however you'll be laughing far too hard to actually notice (or care). The film's title, taken from one of their catchphrases, also helps them get away with this lack of continuity.

Admittedly not every scene is laugh-out-loud funny, but it hits far more often than it misses - there are some priceless moments of surreal comedy here. The Hungarian Phrasebook, the Dead Parrot sketch, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, the Lumberjack Song, How To Defend Yourself From Attack By A Man Armed With A Piece of Fruit, Climbing The Twin Peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and right at the end (possibly my favourite of all), The Upper Class Twit of the Year Championships. Some parts had me literally crying with laughter.

The humour isn't for everyone, but if you get it... it's absolutely hilarious. Can't help but recommend it! (Know what I mean?)

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Stephanie said...

Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Know what I mean? :-)

CaptainD said...

I will not buy this record... it is scratched.