In a weekly feature here on “Random thoughts of 210Darryl” started a few weeks ago I’m listing my favorite movies in a few different genres. We’re starting with my top five favorite comedy movies and counting up toward #1. Two weeks ago at #2 was Ghostbusters, and this week at #1 we have Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
If you were to ask folks what their favorite Monty Python film was the vast majority of people would answer Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Then again, many would be hard pressed to name a different Monty Python movie than that either. But for me Life of Brian is not only the best Monty Python movie it’s also the absolute best comedy movie ever.
It is, as the title says, the story of the life of Brian Cohen, who was born in the stable next door to the one where Jesus was born. From that point on Brain is continuously mistaken for the Messiah, which leads to lots of funny situations. For many Life of Brian is as blasphemist a film as there is, but for myself it’s satire at its best. What’s even funnier is the folks that thing it’s blasphemy miss the point that much of Life of Brian is really about every day life of the time. The addition of thinly veiled modern (for the time the film was made) political issues shows how well the Monty Python crew can mix things up to the point where people are not even realizing what they’re making fun of.
Life of Brian is comedy at its finest, and while it may not have the open laughter as some of the others in my top 5, it is certainly worthy of my #1 ranking.
LIFE OF BRAIN
Directed by Terry Jones
Produced by John Goldstone
Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
Music by Geoffrey Burgon
Cinematography by Peter Biziou
Edited by Julian Doyle
Distributed by Cinema International Corporation
Release date August 17, 1979
Running time 93 minutes
Budget $4 million (US)
Box office $20,045,115 (US)