Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second film. The setting is Judea 33 A.D, a time of poverty and chaos, with no shortage of messiahs, followers willing to believe in them, and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the centre of it all is Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Chapman) to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate, and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions, and crucifixion.
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Monty Python's Flying Circus knows how to do everything hilariously. Focusing on Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), who gets mistaken for the messiah in Judea in 33 AD, the movie pokes fun at everything: Romans, Jews, imperialism, even extraterrestrials. With sardonic lines almost every minute, they play religious fundamentalism for what it is: silly. I don't even know which scene was my favorite; every part was so funny. You'll never forget the song at the end. This is comedy in its greatest form
Excellent movie, received quickly and efficiently. Really enjoyed watching this classic from the Pythons again after many years. Seeing it in HD was also a bonus.
When I saw this on 2 for 12 sale i knew i was gonna get it! I saw this for the first time when I was just a kid, like 20 years ago, much of it was very confusing then. However I kept returning to Life of Brian over the year and each time I discovered something new. This is not, by any means, perfect BR title. Flaws are mostly in audio area, which was never a strongpoint of this movie. However, it is a must buy for every Monty Python fan - it's an awesome price, great extras and above all - great entertainment and replay value! Highly recommended!