I swear i'll be writing more in 2014

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Best Parts of the Holy Grail

I guess this piece is what you'd call a "gushing" piece, but seriously, the GRAIL?!?!? is worth gushing over. This is the oldest movie to ever make me laugh, so basically, the first good comedy of all time and probably the best of all time. With that in mind, the Top 6 Best Parts of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (I didn't want to not include one of these, and yes, there are many many more great parts so choosing only six is already unfair).

6. Sir Lancelot Attacking the Castle

On this viewing, I noticed he actually may be getting further away with every clip until he finally reaches the guards. The fact that he attacks everyone in the castle without really even having a reason to, is just hysterical. High comedy.

5. The Battle With the Rabbit

"It's got huge sharp teeth!" When the one guy yells, "JESUS CHRIST!" after the rabbit decapitates one of the lesser knights, I can't help but laugh. The fact that there's a character named Tim the Enchanter who's power is to make fire, and he uses it to merely blow up rock formations in incredible. Isn't that what we'd all do with it? Blow up as much stuff as possible without destroying anything that has value to anyone?

4. The Crossing of the Bridge

This is the bridge where each knight has to answer 3 questions to gain access to the other side. Nice way to bring the whole "swallow" conversation back to make it relevant too.

3. The Battle with the Black Knight

What makes this scene so incredible is the fact that there's really no reason at all for him to be guarding that bridge. Sure you may be able to chalk it up to having a low budget, but whether it's intentional or not, the fact that there's this fearless Black Knight in the middle of nowhere guarding about a two foot crevice in the ground that can be easily hopped over to avoid all confrontation with said knight, is pure genius. The more and more I watch it, I can't get over how hysterical it is.

2. Bring Out Your Dead!

The idea of the slums being so slumtastic that a man comes around on a cart to have poor people bring out the dead is funny enough, but the fact that someone would bring out someone who isn't quite dead makes it Hispanic Game Show Host Spec-tac-ulaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaairrrrrrrre! (gotta roll the "R", it's hard to make that sound come across with the written word). You're not human if you don't laugh when the poor old guy pleads, "But I'm not dead" which gets the belly rolling, then says, "I don't want to go on the cart!" which keeps the laughter flowing. Then when the guy makes sure no one is looking and whacks him on the head to kill him, it's over. The scene is nearly insurmountable.

1. The Witch Scene

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this scene is the funniest thing in the history of life. It peaks of course when the one peasant says, "She turned me into a newt!" and as everyone looks at him, he replies, "I got better!" Another spectacular part is when everyone is trying to guess what else floats on water, and one peasant says, "Really small rocks!" These lines are the lines you will say to your friends and fellow avid movie fans for the rest of your life. Not a day goes by when someone is talking about a duck, and my first reaction is that I want to weigh it versus the weight of a woman to see if she's a witch. Thassa good movie.

No comments:

Post a Comment