Monty Python's Life of Brian
Special Edition, The Criterion Collection
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A man called Brian...not a very impressive name for, well, the supposed son of God. But Brian is just a young man trying to make the leap from adolescence to manhood and escape his mother's skirts (an ugly, but loving harlot played by Terry Jones) He unwittingly stumbles into circumstance after circumstance, that, - even though he tries to convince everyone he is just an ordinary guy- seems to thoroughly convince everyone that he is the second coming...a hero to save the masses, to brake the yoke of the Roman empire on the oppressed. The side busting antics are still bringing tears of laughter to my eyes and I've probably seen it, like, a hundred times! Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, the core group of MP are all here and in their heyday. This IS comedy at it's best. And no gross outs, no farts, no F bombs every other word...just plain Ol' brilliance.
Now the truth can be told. It all starts with three wise men delivering gifts to young Brian. Oops they correct their mistake. Later, Judea, 33 A.D., on a Saturday afternoon, once again Brian (Graham Chapman) is a tad far down the mount when they hear what sounds as "blessed are the cheese makers" (it's not meant to be taken literally that could mean any manufacturer). That is where Brian first sees Judith (Sue Jones.) Later he shall be involved in the People's Front of Judea. Later still he will be mistaken for the messiah (it is a logical mistake). Two factions fight over who owns the messiah (the Shoe Followers and Gourd Followers.)
You will recognize many of your favorite vices and verses. One of the highlights of the story is the speech given by Pilate and Biggus Dickus.
As with most complex movies you will find the one you are looking for Python comedy, fanatic parody, or if you wish a deeper meaning.
If you enjoyed this movie the next on your list should be "Wholly Moses" (1983) with Dudley Moore and Laraine Newman.
This package ("The Immaculate Edition" Blu-ray) contains some really fun extras including a list of deleted scenes that I really think most people will agree would have made the whole film better had they been left in ... per the commentary, they were deleted mostly just to speed up the film & reduce the running time, rather than for any artistic / story-telling reason. Seems so funny to me that they were so concerned about our short attention spans back then, whilst in today's ADHD world we regularly receive and watch 3 hour long motion pictures! :-D
I would call this a 4.5 star effort, rounded up since The Zon doesn't let us post half stars.
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