The Meaning of Life ★★★★

And finally, a wafer thin mint.
-Maitre d'

Even though the Pythons themselves would call this their lesser film it still comes pretty damn close to the quality of The Holy Grail and Life of Brian. It's obvious weakness in comparison is that there is no real narrative with The Meaning of Life simply being an excuse to string together the skits, but it's also a strength as the film goes in pretty much any damn direction it wants.

Each sketch is loosely connected to a different stage of life and overall the tone of the film feels darker then the Phythons previous films somehow. Like your in the mind of a madman, or one of the Pythons. Obviously the closest film to Monty Python's Flying Circus, but on a much grander scale complete with musical numbers. Just how catchy is "Every Sperm is Scared"?

The film isn't just funny because it's controversial or dark either. The material written is funny no doubt, written by comedic geniuses, but it's also the performance of these masters of surreal comedy that makes the film so damn amazingly hilarious. The comedic timing, deadpan delivery, sense of humor and overall chemistry of Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin is something incredibly special that might only come along once in a lifetime. They are also sick and twisted bastards.

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