The Coffee Break Reviews: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Looking back on a classic. Is it still a Yes or a “NEE”  

RickWritten By: Rick Masters      twitter @MasterSparky

With the multiple realms of comedy, doing a review such as this can be difficult, having said that I would challenge anyone to try and keep a straight face for even the first five minutes of this movie. If you don’t laugh all the way through the African swallow scene you’re dead to me.

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Many comedies nowadays tend to rely heavily on gimmicks and topical events which are quickly outdated. Many current comedies think they are funnier than they are, whereas this film seems to know exactly what it is and doesn’t take itself too seriously with a low budget, timeless jokes and a cast of five brilliantly over-the-top actors.

The script runs from joke to joke, memorable stand out scenes delivered at a solid pace. Genius through its stupidity from the coconuts for horses to the wildly outrageous taunts of the French guards. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” It’s a slur not easily forgotten and the insult still hurts the same today as it did forty-one years ago. One of the most quotable films, dare I say in cinema history made even greater by the way they are delivered.


The film is also stuffed full of wacky and ridiculous characters, many of which are assigned to just one actor, each cast member playing numerous roles. From the black knight with no arms to the bridge troll and his 3 questions, each has a comedic role to play and are completely unforgettable.

It’s a film made from the heart by friends, for friends… non-conforming and unique which gives the film its distinctive character. Some people may say that the humour in this is an acquired taste but that’s true of all comedies. I believe this rides the line of shear stupid, random comedy nonsense but not so much as to cross the line and become too daft (So easily done in comedies).


Its intelligent humour with a ridiculous storyline and quirky characters embedded within to compliment the nonsense. The pinnacle of Monty Python. The most stupid intelligent film that you will ever watch.


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