YI JIAN’s review published on Letterboxd:
................... comedies are just not my thing. I have to be honest, I did not enjoy this at all, and I've never felt so alone. It's like the entire world population is sharing an inside joke without me. I'm left out, cold in the rain. Either this film is a boring mess or I am, and based on all the reviews and comments I've read, it's most likely to be the latter.
Believe it or not, I do have a sense of humor. I laughed my ass off when I heard the siren blaring as we zoom into Uma Thurman's eyes in the first five minutes of Kill Bill. I pissed my pants during the punching scene in The Grand Budapest Hotel. I almost choked myself when Kevin Spacey saw a tin mug in The Men Who Stare At Goats. I chuckled a bit when I'm writing this paragraph. You see? I'm a human capable of basic human emotions and reactions. I can laugh. Yet I sat through Holy Grail with the most neutral expression imaginable, like a marble statue. I'm sorry, but that's the fact.
I don't think it's fair to judge a film based on the laughter it generates, but Holy Grail gave me an impression that it exists solely to generate laughter. So by failing to complete it's mission (for me, at least), I can assume it is a bad film, right? Yes?
The truth is I'm not really part of the target audience when it comes to comedies. (See: Love, Actually) So this review is as unreliable as a third grader raising an existential question about the human condition. Still, I'll keep on poking the genre to see if it can come up with something that amazes me. I'll soldier on. I'll soldier on.