The more I watch British comedy the more I am hooked to it…their comedy is crazy and smart at the same time…it’s so easy to love their comedy.
I have already begin 2013 with a review BBC comedy series that I love so much, the Mighty Boosh series 2, and now I am going to continue with two old British Comedies. Both are from years I haven’t even been born yet but I really like both of them.
I am not going to have long introduction here, let’s just move on to the movies 😉
The Beatles – Help!
Director: Richard Lester
Writer: Charles Wood, Marc Behm
Staring : the Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr), Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, John Bluthal, Patrick Cargill, Victor Spinetti, Roy Kinnear
Released Date: 29 July 1965
I have seen this movie ages ago and already forgot the story. When I saw it in one of DVD stores I happened to pass by, I immediately bought it. I love the Beatles ever since I was a kid…in fact, The Beatles is the first band I have ever listened to and it shaped my love toward rock music.
Story : It began with an Eastern cult performing sacrificial act. When the sacrifice was about to be killed, the priestess, Ahme noticed that the sacrifice didn’t wear the sacrificial ring and without the ring the procession couldn’t be continued. High Priest Clang saw the ring on Ringo’s hand. He, Ahme and several cult members went to England to get the ring back.
The Beatles lived in 4 flats next to each other but in the inside, the floats have no walls that separated each flat. Basically, they all lived in one big house. I like how each Beatles had their own room design. My favorite is John’s room with the bed under the floor. The most unusual one was George’s room, it had grass on its floor.
Moving on with the story, Ahme and Clang tried to steal the ring secretly. When The Beatles finally found out that there were people who wanted to steal Ringo’s ring, they went to a jeweler to have the ring removed. But the jeweler was unable to take the ring off. Then they went to a professor and again the ring won’t come off.
Meanwhile, the cult realizing they couldn’t take the ring off finally decided to sacrifice Ringo…in other word, they tried to kill him. The fun began from then on.
The comic parts of this movie come from their conversation and their physical act. The fact that The Beatles aren’t great actors also adds the comic effect. Here’s a conversation I like the most from the movie:
John: [finding a season ticket in his soup] What’s this?
Ringo: A season ticket. What do you think it is?
John: Oh. I like a lot of seasoning in me soup.
Apart from its comedy, Help! Also treats us with The Beatles wonderful songs. 🙂 Comedy accompanied with great music…what more can you ask for?
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writer: Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin)
Staring : Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin), Neil Innes, Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, John Young.
Released Date: April 9, 1975
And then I read in many articles how The Boosh is as surreal as Monty Python and how Monty Python inspired them.
“They’re like the comedy Beatles…they’re Comedy Gods!” ~Noel Fielding
If you like British humor, you should check out Monty Python on Youtube
Because finding the DVD in Indonesia is IMPOSSIBLE and I don’t like watching a full movie in youtube, I use the only resource I have…torrentz.
What do I think about Monty Python? I LOVE IT!!! They are freakin hilarious!! I couldn’t stop laughing when I watched it. At first, I was a bit scared that my favorite comedy, The Mighty Boosh might have too much similarity with them, but I am glad they are completely different. They are same in their surrealism and bizarreness but the way they approach the sense of comedy is different.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is about King Arthur (Graham Chapman) who went across England to find knights who could join his round table. King Arthur was accompanied by his squire, Patsy (Gilliam). He finally found some knights willing to be his Knights of The Round table, they were Sir Bedevere the Wise (Jones), Sir Lancelot the Brave (Cleese), Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot (Idle) and Sir Galahad the Pure (Palin). When they arrived at Camelot, God came and told them to find the Holy Grail.
They tried looking for the grail everywhere. They even split up so that the search would be easier. But searching the grail was not as easy as it seemed…stupid events happened all the time.
The best thing about Monty Python and The Holy Grail is the dialogue…it was witty and funny at the same time. Just few minutes after the movie starts, I already laughing so hard because of their dialogue. Lucky I found that early dialogue in imdb:
soldier: Where’d you get the coconuts?
King Arthur: We found them.
soldier:Found them? In Mercia? The coconut’s tropical!
King Arthur: What do you mean?
soldier:Well, this is a temperate zone
King Arthur: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?
soldier:Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
King Arthur: Not at all. They could be carried.
soldier:What? A swallow carrying a coconut?
King Arthur: It could grip it by the husk!
soldier:It’s not a question of where he grips it! It’s a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.
King Arthur: Well, it doesn’t matter. Will you go and tell your master that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here?
soldier: Listen. In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
Full version of the conversation: here
I love how silly they can be!! The movie is full of their silliness. The way they mixed animation in the story is also interesting…the one with the monster in the cave is freakin hilarious. They are really crazy!!
I am now more eager to see their other movies and their TV show 🙂
Have you seen these movies before? If you haven’t…do watch it 😉
These are my first movies for World Cinema Series 🙂 (I will write my introduction nest week)