Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the greatest comedy in the world and let me tell you why
From literally the very first credit to the last credit, the movie is throwing a joke at you.
And you know what?
I can’t think off a single joke that’s offensive.
Except maybe to mooses.
There’s a few inappropriate jokes here or there (especially when you meet Zoot) and the jokes aren’t going to be for everyone.
But not once do they try to make a joke that’s racist, homophobic, ableist, sexist, etc. The only thing that comes close to offensive are the jokes about an effeminate prince and even then, you’re not necessarily laughing at him so much as you’re laughing at the people’s reactions.
Other than that, almost every single one of the jokes in the movie depend on silliness.
The coconut scene, the Black Knight scene, the Knights Who Say “Ni”, the opening credits, the rabbit, the transitions, the Knights of the Round Table song, the bridge questions, the goddamn ending which is the single greatest ending in cinematic history!
These are just some of the dozens of famous scenes which rely on nothing more than pure and utter silliness!
And it’s wonderful!
There’s a reason that this movie has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! The jokes are genuinely hilarious! The quotes are memorable! The movie came out forty years ago and people are still quoting it!
And I keep thinking about how so much humor today is derived from pain and offending someone. So many people are complaining whenever their jokes are booed for being offensive. So many shows like Family Guy and some internet celebrities are trying to excuse their horrid behaviors by saying that you can’t have comedy without tragedy.
Yes you can!
A forty-year-old movie that still holds up today proves that!
I mean, anyone who’s been following me for awhile knows that I’ll constantly bring up things like Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, etc. Because I’m a huge fan of nonsensical, silly, looney, zaniness. It produces some of the best, non-offensive, timeless comedy. And Monty Python and the Holy Grail nailed it!
Remember Dr. Montgomery Montgomery from A Series of Unfortunate Events? The Baudelaires called him Uncle Monty. He was a herpetologist. Herpetology. Study of amphibians and reptiles like snakes. Pythons? Those are snakes. Uncle Monty. Studied snakes. Snakes like pythons. Monty Python.