Because Chapman, Gilliam, Jones, Cleese, Idle and Palin were creating comedy and performing it, like the British comedy group Beyond the Fringe before them and the Beatles in the musical world, the movie gives off a fresh and bristling spunkiness. What's ripe for re-appreciation is their fearless versatility as performers. One moment, John Cleese uproariously mangles the language as A Quite Extraordinarily Rude Frenchman and leans over a castle in a manner that makes him resemble a helmeted head with mittened hands. The next moment, he's bounding about in all his towering farceur's glory as a dead ringer for Mad magazine's Prince Violent.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail may be 26 years old, but even in the fast-moving world of pop culture, it's no relic. It's still the Holy Grail of crazy comedy.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Pallin
Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
Released by Rainbow Releasing
Running time 90 minutes
Sun score: * * * *