Your favourite Monty Python movie
Yes, you've guessed it - your favourite Monty Python film of all time ever in your own lifetime is...
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Monty Python's Meaning of Life, and here's why:
1. It's the only film ever made in which one of the main characters is an hasidic rasta. Hava nagila, hava nagila, hava nagila v'nismeha. Hava neranenah, hava neranenah, hava neranenah v'nismeha.
2. There are not any tigers in Africa.
3. A 1980's digitally rendered vagina. Or perhaps it's a digitally rendered 1980's vagina.
4. Graham Chapman sings.
5. The entire fourth series of Blackadder is merely an homage to Part III: Fighting Each Other.
6. Disaster Recovery (the main feature crushes the supporting short in a manner the human race failed to achieve vs. The Love Bug).
7. The NHS Administrator.
8. John Cleese mind games - pooh-poohing Mr. Creosote and then graciously resurrecting the sketch, ensuring he had the best part in it.
9. A-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh.
I used to work in the Academie Francaise, but it didn't do me any good at all,
And I once worked in the library in the Prado in Madrid, but it didn't teach me nothing, I recall.
And the Library of Congress you'd have thought would hold some key,
But it didn't, and neither did the Bodleian Library.
In the British Museum I hoped to find some clue.
I worked there from nine till six, read every volume through,
But it didn't teach me nothing about life's mystery.
I just kept getting older, and it got more difficult to see,
Till, eventually, me eyes went and me arthritis got bad,
And so now I'm cleaning up in here, but I can't be really sad,
'Cause, you see, I feel that life's a game. You sometimes win or lose,
And though I may be down right now, at least I don't work for Jews.
11. Well, that's the end of the examples, now here's the reason it's your favourite Monty Python movie...
The point is that while Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian were exciting, hilarious, sexy-successful sidelines, Monty Python's Meaning of Life is no more and no less than an episode - the final episode - of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Meaning of Life exemplifies precisely what each episode of Flying Circus strove to be. Each episode needed 100 minutes and a $9m budget to do it justice. And it's not as if the bloody BBC couldn't commit that kind of commitment, what with the amount of money they screw out of me and every other Python-fee payer every year, the tight-arsed bastards. Imagine what $9m could have bought you in 1969. Short-sighted, ignorant, complacent, mincing, risk-averse slobomites.
Basically, The Meaning of Life is as true to Python as any of the Python output. That's why it's your favourite Python movie, and the best Python movie. Indubitably. Cleese doesn't have a clue what he's on about when he says he's "disappointed" with it. The tart. I mean, Fierce Creatures? Tame Lemurs, more like. And Terry Gilliam? Watching The Meaning of Life makes watching Tideland about as thought-provoking an experience as watching ET. Terry Palin? Go film some turgid documentary about The Crusades in 80 Days in the Sahara with Vikings. It won't live up to Find The Fish, you bastards.
And Eric Idle, Eric "fucking" Idle - well, yeah. You've kept the faith. You're an innocent. You're the only one of the bastards who's tried to use the Python heritage to generate more and more money. But you didn't say "god bless you" when I sneezed.
Anyway... I do honestly believe that The Meaning of Life is the finest Python output of all, and I think you should too.