Life of Brian (1979) Film Review

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“He’s not the messiah. He’s a very naughty boy.”

Okay, let’s put religious beliefs aside, whether you believe that Jesus existed, whether you believe he was the messiah, whatever you believe. What if there was just an ordinary guy living in the time of Jesus who was most definitely not the messiah, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to be followed by thousands and even, eventually, crucified – all against his will?

Thank goodness it is Monty Python telling this story, because otherwise it could have been tedious or worthy – instead it is magnificently stupid and hilarious. Of course, this assumes you enjoy the humour of Monty Python. If not, well, you’d probably think this was all just a bit stupid.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Film Review

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Surely you know of the Holy Grail, about King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and about the many legends that surround them? So what happens when Monty Python takes it on? It is so magnificently ridiculous. So many stupid characters, silly voices and just general wonderful insanity. Although if you don’t like the absurd, and if you don’t like the Monty Python style of comedy, don’t bother. Leave it for the rest of us to snigger at all the quotes and references that have made their way into everyday pop culture references.

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Film Review

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In 1951, a film was made which featured an alien visitor come to earth to warn the people of the planet that the planet would be destroyed if the destructive manner of the humans was not stopped. In 2008, someone decided that the message had not been received, and that the film should be remade. It was not the best decision.

Keanu Reeves plays Klaatu, the alien visitor who takes human form to report to the leaders of the planet. He leaves the secure site he is held in, helped by scientist Helen Benson(Jennifer Connelly) who believes he is not out to destroy the world. Add in her cute step-son, Jacob (Jaden Smith) and you have the makings of a mediocre disaster film. I’m not sure if anything could save this – it was corny and clichéd throughout. The special effects were pretty awesome, but neither they nor the talent of Kathy Bates or John Cleese could save it.