Movie Title: Life of Brian
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 34 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
I know it probably isn’t a popular opinion, but I liked Life of Brian more than Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Brian is born the same night as Jesus and right across the street. The three wise men show up and then realizing their mistake shuffle on down the street. Brian is mistaken for the messiah later in life as well leading to some trouble for him.
Jesus is introduced early in the movie delivering a speech which we can only see from the back. No one can hear anything so a fight breaks out. After that Brian and his mother leave to attend a stoning. The stoning is attended solely by women wearing fake beards. Brian’s character is well established early in the movie.
Brian encounters the People’s Front of Judea while working as a vendor during the children’s matinee at the coliseum. He gets recruited for a job tagging buildings and gets caught by the Romans. The People’s Front of Judea then proceeds to get into fights with every other Jewish rebel group in a play on socialist infighting. After making fun of socialism the movie then goes after religion in even snarkier ways. Brian is mistaken for the messiah and after encouraging everyone to think for themselves the public founds a cult dedicated to him and proceeds to follow none of his wishes. Sounds about right.
Aside from being hilarios, Life of Brian has the single greatest non-sequitur in movie history and ends with a sing along at Golgotha. What more could you ask for?
It is a funny, funny movie, but not for the faint of heart. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: The Evil Dead (1981)