122. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)

“You can’t expect to wield supreme power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!”

What can I say about one of the silliest, funniest, but most surreal movies ever made?

King Arthur (Graham Chapman) decides to go on a search for the Holy Grail, accompanied by his Knights of the Round Table. Along the way, they meet rude Frenchmen, repressed peasants, a Black Knight who doesn’t know when enough is enough, lots of single ladies at Castle Anthrax, more knights (who say “Ni”), shrubberies, as well as a rather dangerous white rabbit.

It’s absurd in the extreme, of course. But it’s also one of the funniest medieval movies in film history. And it’s only beaten in quotability by another Python film, Life of Brian.

Sublime and ridiculous.


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