Director: Terry Jones
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Watch Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life online in the UK: Amazon Instant Video
Netflix UK added to their Monty Python collection this month with The Meaning of Life. But where does it fit in the TV comedy legends’ big screen output?
The Life of Brian had controversy, re-telling the story of Christianity in Python style. The Holy Grail was their best all-rounder, combining a linear story with surreal humour. The Meaning of Life goes all the way along the absurdity route, telling the story of life and death in a number of acts without really having any kind of storyline.
The Meaning of Life leans towards being more of a feature-length sketch show, held together by a common theme. This allows the Python boys to really delve into the type of comedy they do best; There are songs and quotes aplenty from the “wafer-thin mint” to Every Sperm Is Sacred.
Without the shackles of plot, more of Terry Gilliam’s animation can be slotted in, irrelevant threads can be picked up and left at will – just look at the Crimson Permanent Assurance short film that kicks things off – and the journey through life’s troubles makes for hilarious viewing.
For seasoned fans and beginners alike, The Meaning of Life provides everything that a Monty Python outing should and more.