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 lucy on Letterboxd

    not to be that person that says they don’t make films like this anymore but they don’t make films like this anymore

  • ★★★½ review by Chris 🔮 on Letterboxd

    biggus dickus was a gay icon

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