Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
United Kingdom, 1975. Michael White Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Python (Monty) Pictures. Screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Cinematography by Terry Bedford. Produced by Mark Forstater, Michael White. Production Design by Roy Forge Smith. Costume Design by Hazel Pethig. Film Editing by John Hackney.
The Monty Python team takes a stab at the conventions of pompous historical dramas in this often ribald comedy. King Arthur and his knights (and his servant Patsy, don’t forget) travel the countryside of England trading insults with rude French soldiers, slaying foes and winning over fair wenches in an effort to find the Holy Grail, but not before dealing with…the killer rabbit. Some of the jokes are really funny, others are just tiresome, but what’s most interesting is that the film hasn’t aged one bit since the films it is targeting are still being made with the same high-minded conventionality. Python devotees will be in heaven.