‘Holy Grail’ still timeless classic

Holy Grail still timeless classic

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is a 1975 comedy film from the sketch comedy group Monty Python, and follows the adventure of King Arthur and his Knights of Camelot as they search on a God-given quest to find the Holy Grail. They must brave the perils of vulgar Frenchmen, indestructible knights, and horrible beasts in this comedy classic.


There’s a reason this film is still played in theaters today despite coming out more than 40 years ago. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is a masterclass of comedy. There’s not a single bad joke in the entire film.

One of the few problems with “The Holy Grail” regarding humor is pacing. While most of it flows at a fast and is executed punctually, on occasion a joke does get stretched a tad too thin. A lot of the humor is dialogue based and Monty Python often takes a good joke and stretches it to the limit of acceptability.

The movie may not be that long but sometimes it certainly feels longer than it actually is, but that isn’t due to negatives largely. There’s so many different and easily memorable scenes from “The Holy Grail” that it certainly feels longer and more retainable than the average film.

There’s a reason it’s one of the most easily quotable and referential films to ever come out. You could go into any room and give off a line from this film and guaranteed even if no one’s seen the actual film someone will understand the reference.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail may not be a perfect comedy, but it’s well near close.

— Alex Smith

While “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” may not be as intelligent or pointedly-satirical as the other Monty Python film, “Life of Brian” it is easily the more fun of the two. “Life of Brian” is the kind of film that you understand is funny and certainly smile at jokes with, but it doesn’t reach the kind of laugh out loud levels that “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” provides.

While the humor still stands up, another major aspect of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” that seems timeless as well are its visuals. The 8mm film cameras of the 1970s that filmed “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” may not hold up to technical standards of the twenty first century, it doesn’t stand in the film’s way.

This movie was filmed in the beautiful green hills of Appin, Argyll and Bute, in Scotland, and the use of all practical effects (which was the only option back then) makes the film refreshing authentic in an industry that shoots everything in green screen.

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” may not be a perfect comedy, but it’s well near close. Despite it still being culturally relevant nearly half a century after release, many still haven’t seen it, which is a problem that really should be fixed.

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” has a runtime of one hour and thirty minutes and is rated PG.