Life of Brian ★★★★½

Almost every film lover has their Christmas favourite which they love to revisit on an annual basis as if it is part of a tradition. Preferred choice for most is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, for some it is John McTiernan's Die Hard and for few it is 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 and 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 hilarious opening credit song in cinema history and certainly the one with the most sensible lyrics. This is Monty Python's best work to date in my opinion, even better than their Holy Grail, and to finish the journey with an uplifting song that's all about our lives is an inspired choice.

Amusing from beginning to end, the film rarely lets you breathe as it invades the screen with one crazy segment after another. Some of the stuff may look a bit dated or not feel that funny anymore but its satirical take on religious attitudes and not religion is what makes it all the more impressive & timeless. The cast is awesome, the writing is clever & the number of memorable gags 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 and 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 and yet, it retains all its potency. A thoroughly 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!

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