02 June, 2007

Movie Series: 5. The Life of Brian

"Our Masterpiece"
- John Cleese on The Life of Brian

It took a lot of time, yes, for this, my final post in the Movie Series, to be written. I wanted to write it ever since I saw "The Life of Brian" in April. This is truly a fantastic movie: Very funny, very satirical, and very profound (Ok, that may be a strong word in this context). Before I saw Brian, I was wrestling with myself on which movie I should write about in the fifth post. But one I saw Life of Brian, there was no doubt in my mind. (Besides, this series has lacked a comedy.)

Before I start my usual plaudit-heaped post, here's a limerick:

The Life of Brian

Brian was an un-usually sensible chum
(Though he stuck out like a sore thumb)
Before he got involved
And his reason dissolved
When he shouted "Romanus Romani eunt ite domus domum!"

A lot has been said about this movie (about all great movies, actually), so I wonder what I can add. Maybe not much, so, for the review part, I'll direct you to Roger Ebert's review of Life of Brian. The only thing I have to add is that the sets are great, the movie is funny, and unlike The Holy Grail (of which I am not a big fan), this one has less slapstick and more sarcasm.

For my part, all I have to do is convince you to watch the movie: because I feel this is not a movie to be missed. The best thing to do is quote some funny lines from the movie, and here they are:

[The audience members at the back of the crowd are having trouble hearing the Sermon on the Mount.]
Man: I think it was, "Blessed are the cheesemakers"!
Gregory's wife: What's so special about the cheesemakers?
Gregory: Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

Mandy: Your father was a Roman.
Brian: You mean... you were RAPED?!
Mandy: Well... at first, yes.

Blind Man; I'm healed! The master has healed me! I was blind, but now I see! [he falls headlong into a hole]

Brian: I'm not the Messiah!
Arthur: I say you are, lord, and I should know... I've followed a few.
Followers: Hail Messiah!
Brian: I'm not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!
Girl: Only the true Messiah denies His divinity!
Brian: What?! Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right... I AM THE MESSIAH!
Brian: NOW, FUCK OFF!!!!
[there is a long awkward silence.]
Arthur: How shall we fuck off, oh Lord?
Brian: Oh, just go away! Leave me alone.

Brian: You are all individuals!
Brian: You are all different!
Lone Voice: I'm not.
Person next to him: SHH!
Hope you enjoyed them. More here. Do watch the movie, it's very good. :)


  1. Yeah, I have seen the movie. Nice, but I liked Holy Grail more. I don't have problem with humour. Humour is humour. It is good or it is not. Simple.

  2. I don't think there is only one kind of humour. What's funny to one isn't funny to another. I like british, and not slapstick or sitcom. Some people like sitcom and british comedy evades them.

    You can say humour is red, non-hunour is blue,
    You can say whatever you you want, but that doesn't make it true. ;)

  3. I prefer Holy Grail too! I mean you can't beat the logic behind burning a witch! Giggles!... a duck...

    But Life of Brian's fun too :)

  4. I'm glad you liked it so much Raj. Do you remember who referreed you to it?
    Me, Jimmy