Life of Brian ★★★★★

With the feverish velocity and split-second timing that harks back to the Marx Brothers, Life of Brian observes the Monty Python team hilariously making an effort to evade charges of religious irreverence. The whole team (consisting of John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Michael Palin) are on fine form; with each member playing several characters.

It’s mostly a compilation of surrealist sketches that has, in the intervening years since it first appeared, evolved into less of a film than a string of endlessly quoted sentences. The film takes enormous pleasure in poking fun at the hypocrisies of Christianity with knowing absurdism and a scattering of intellectual witticisms, fastened together with a vague narrative strand that brings about utterly hilarious results.

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