Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

DailyView: Day 75, Movie 128

The EYG Hall of Famers Monty Python had some classic movies in their careers. Monty Python and the Holy Grail has always been my favorite and the Monty Python movie that I returned to several times. I had never seen the Life of Brian before and so I thought this would be a good time to change that.

Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) was a young Jewish-Roman man who was born, on the same day, next door to Jesus and was mistaken as the Messiah. Brian joined a political movement to get the Romans out of Judea, and he was able to paint slogans on the wall in Jerusalem. The desperate people of Judea hooked on to Brian, looking to him as a prophet, despite no evidence. Captured by the Roman army, Brian faced an unhappy fate of the same man he was born beside.

Putting their spin on the story of the Christ crucifixion, Monty Python is not afraid to go for the laugh in whatever topic they satirize. In this case, they faced plenty of cries of blasphemy from the religious people of the world. The fact that it works and is very funny gives Monty Python the ability to get past the aanger.

The movie ends with one of the greatest moments with the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” sung by Eric Idle and the rest of the people being crucified. It is a brilliant end to the movie and is one of the best songs Monty Python has ever done.

Monty Python is Eric Idol, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. They were fearless and went for the laugh no matter what.

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