Life of Brian

Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.


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  • ★★★★½ review by CinemaClown on Letterboxd

    Almost every cinema lover has their Christmas favourite that they like to revisit on an annual basis as if it's part of a tradition. Preferred choice for most is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, for some it's John McTiernan's Die Hard & for few it's Chris Columbus' Home Alone but the one I keep going back to on this festive day is Monty Python's Life of Brian.

    One of the funniest, silliest & craziest films of all time, Life of Brian is slapstick & satirical humour at its finest, zaniest & sharpest. The film tells the story of Brian Cohen, a jewish man born on the same day & next door to Jesus Christ, who spends his life being mistaken for a prophet & becomes a reluctant Messiah after joining an anti-Roman political organisation.

    Directed by Terry Jones, the film opens with what could very well be the most hysterical opening credit song in cinema history & certainly the one with most sensible lyrics. This is Monty Python's best work to date in my opinion, even better than Monty Python & the Holy Grail, and to finish it with an uplifting song that's all about our lives is an instant classic moment.

    Hilarious from start to finish, it rarely lets you breathe for it invades the screen with one crazy moment after another. Some of the things might look little dated or not feel that funny anymore but its satirical take on religious attitudes, and not religion, is what makes it all the more amazing & timeless. The cast is awesome, writing is clever & the number of memorable moments are way too many to count.

    On an overall scale, Monty Python's Life of Brian is another cinematic gold from this classic comedy troupe & is without a doubt one of the greatest comedy films of all time. It has been 35 years since it first surfaced on the film screen & yet it retains all of its potency. An intensely entertaining ride that delivers the laughs in heavy doses from the first moment to the last, Life of Brian is comedy filmmaking at its most insane. Merry Christmas, Everyone!

  • ★★★★★ review by DirkH on Letterboxd

    I think I'm going to change my name to Incontinentia Buttocks.

    One of the funniest films ever made.

  • ★★★★½ review by Ally Bae on Letterboxd

    The creation of religion in a nut-shell ;D

  • ★★★★ review by Terése Flynn on Letterboxd

    I have a very close relationship to this film, being one of the favorite films of both of my parents. My mother found it funny much because of the religious components in it, being a teacher in that subject and all. While my dad was just in it for the silliness. With this said I saw this very early on in my life. I found it extremely funny as a kid, even more funny as a teenager, and just hilarious as an adult. I don't know how many times I've seen it, but I know it was many years ago I saw the whole thing. So today I did when I had some spare time. Even thought of plugin in the VHS-player, but streamed the film on the computer instead.

    Life of Brian is in my opinion the most well put together film by the Monty Python gang, and is quite genius in its way to make fun of religious and political fanaticism, without it really making fun of religion and the fight against social injustice at all. Its a thin line to walk, and even though far from everyone agree with me on this, I'm of the opinion that Monty Python steps on the exactly right toes in this one. But foremost Life of Brian is just a God damn funny film. One of the best comedies ever made. The disability humour aside.

    I added this to My Buddy the Elf Challenge list because us celebrating Chrismas in the memory of the birth of Jesus Christ. Even though no one really knows when Christ was born (if you even believe he existed), and even though it was just convenient to have it around this time because there were already festivities going on that needed to be replaced with the message of the biblical God. Blah blah blah... And then Life of Brian isn't even about Jesus, yet being maybe the most historical correct biblical tale ever been shown on the screen.So, that makes it a perfect film for the holidays either way.

  • ★★★★★ review by Imogen on Letterboxd

    My dad didn't laugh once.

    Not once.

    This distresses me.

    A lot.

    An hour and a half of Python and not a single grin, snigger, giggle etc.

    I don't even know who I'm living with anymore.

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