Director: Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones
Summary: King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles
Times Watched: 2
My Experience: This was my introduction to Monty Python and it was a great one. Not on par with the funniest bits they’ve done, but easily digestible. The Black Knight was funny the first time, as is most everything. But some of it gets old quick, especially as it’s pervaded pop culture. the scenes that still stand up to repeated viewings are the wedding, the bridge, bringing out the dead (“I’m not dead, yet!”) and the witch trial.
2 thoughts on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
When I was in high school, this movie was the way that intellectual nerds found one another. At a speech meet, someone would find a reason to quote it, and before long there would be a crowd of 10-15 people, from across four of five schools, talking about it (but mostly quoting it). I probably knew the vast majority of this movie’s jokes before I ever actually saw it. I like it (quite a bit), but when I think of it, I don’t think of the actual movie scenes – the first thing I think of are specific people I knew in high school saying “NI!” OVER AND OVER until the rest of the bus told them to give it a rest.
This is pretty much my exact experience with this movie. I’d heard all of the jokes so many times by the time I watched it that what originally should have seemed surreal and weird felt really commonplace.
Still laughed a ton, and that wedding scene is an all-timer (and the one true surprise we were left, other than the abruptness of the ending). I’m glad that part doesn’t really have any quotable lines in it.
Fun fact: this movie later ended up being the last VHS cassette I ever rented.