Throwback Thursday: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Pow! Another article today! Wow, lucky you. It’s that time again; it’s Throwback Thursday! Throwback Thursday, as the title would suggest, is a window into the ghost of film past. This week, we’ll be taking a look at one of the quintessential British comedies of all time (bold claims all around), Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I dare you to find a nerd or geek out there that has not watched this film. Go on. Just try it. It’s okay, I don’t mind waiting.

Oh? You’re back? And you couldn’t find a single one? Well, let this be a lesson to you: don’t challenge me again.

Back onto the matter at hand though. Considered by fans and creators alike as comedy troupe Monty Python’s first proper feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail tells the tale of King Arthur and his knights of the round table – with some slight discrepancies when compared to more… academic sources. Devishly silly yet intelligent beyond its time, The Holy Grail has spades of charm and laughs, with few comedies rivalling its outrageous qualities after 40 years (39 if you’re a pedantic prick).

Honestly, you’ll be hard pushed to avoid references to it in contemporary texts even now. From The Simpsons to Sin City, and even in popular video games like Warcraft III, Worms and Sim City, the medieval comedy has touched the hearts of millions around the world.

This is for good reasons too, because the film is a truly unique take on an iconic legend from history. Many films have an odd quality in that they can easily grow passé to the extent that new viewers won’t ever experience them. This can be attributed towards anything from dated visual effects to just plain alien cultural/social reference points. This is not to say that The Holy Grail is the only film in history to escape this pitfall, but any film that successfully navigates through the passage of time to find new audiences generation after generation should be celebrated!

Why is this particular film able to achieve this? Who knows? Perhaps it’s because everyone loves to swear. Maybe it’s because our parents bully us into watching it. Or maybe, JUST MAYBE, it’s because it’s that good. Silliness is timeless and, as it’s the most prominent characteristic of it, so is this film.

– Joe

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