"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as a serious and intense drama


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/14/monty-python-and-the-holy-gr.html


#2

I tried, and this is a good effort, but it was still too hilarious to be taken seriously.


#3

Yeah sorry, they’re still grown men skipping through the woods holding imaginary reins.


#4

Oh my God, the shaky cam


#5

I always loved how the mysterious boat takes them through the mists to the island but when they leave they basically just wade back.


#6

Add some more explosions and it’d make a good Michael bay film :stuck_out_tongue:


#7

I like it when Tim takes out that sapling with his walking staff-launched surface-to-tree guided fireball.


#8

It’s been a long time since I read the book about the making of the film but I’ve never forgotten that originally the old man from scene 24 was supposed to be in the boat and would say to them, “Whoever would cross the waters of fate must answer questions twenty-eight!”

And Arthur and Bedevere just push him overboard.


#9

“This is too silly. Stop it now!”


#10

Such a triumph of art direction. (And comedy too, of course.) The movie was made for the ridiculously small budget of 229,575 pounds (about $400k), and it still looks fantastic.

For comparison, The Rocky Horror Picture Show cost more than 10x more to make.

And to make a better-looking period movie than the Holy Grail that year, you had to be Stanley Kubrick and burn through $11 million to make Barry Lyndon.

(edited for clarity)


#11

“Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of Final Cut Pro?”


#12

I have always had a problem with the sound though. This and Life of Brian I’ve had trouble understanding what they are saying quite often.

That’s the big problem; this would work brilliantly but they need to cut those scenes.


#13

I finally got my little one to watch MPatHG this past Saturday! They laughed at first but then gave up after about ten minutes. I convinced them to stay for the whole thing and they were happy that they did. They nearly pissed themselves laughing near the end when the animator had a heart attack.


#14

Yeah, but it only had a cast of about seven or eight people.


#15

Good thing they didn’t make it more recently, or they’d have “had to” pay themselves $10 million each up front, hit or flop.

Ah, for simpler times when a humble comedy troupe could slap together a little movie on a shoestring budget and, I assume, barely pay themselves beer money. I have a book around here somewhere that includes the script and budget, will have to dig it up sometime but I’d be surprised if the members of the troupe paid themselves more than a token amount up front.


#16

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” as a serious and intense drama.
This idea has already been done brilliantly in a previous movie. It’s called “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.


#17

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.


#19

period movie? what period?


#20

I… I’m stumped by your comment. Feels like I’m missing a joke.

Both Holy Grail and Barry Lyndon are period films, aren’t they?


#21

What about Rocky Horror? What’s the period of that?