Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1979. HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures. Screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.Cinematography by Peter Biziou. Produced by John Goldstone. Music by Geoffrey Burgon. Production Design by Terry Gilliam. Costume Design by Charles Knode, Hazel Pethig. Film Editing by Julian Doyle. Podcast: My Criterions.
Monty Python’s best film is this delightfully irreverent poke at religious obsession and, in particular, the bloated Bible movies that audiences have always found so irresistible. Considered controversial at the time of its release for insulting religion (which it doesn’t do, and only includes Jesus Christ peripherally), it features Python cast member Graham Chapman as the hapless Brian, a young man born on the same day as the Saviour in a nearby manger who grows up to be mistaken for the Messiah on more than one occasion. Endless jokes that include some very witty banter, this time without the choppy pace of The Holy Grail and some very lovely cinematography of Tunisian locations, plus it’s topped off by Eric Idle‘s performing “The Bright Side Of Life” atop a crucifix.