0670: Life of Brian (1979)

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Rating: 9/10

Many historians have said that this is the most accurate depiction of life during the times of Jesus, even though it’s a surreal, absurd comedy. I think this is still true, even though we have other movies taking place during the time period, like Passion of the Christ and the like, this is still one of the most accurate showings of life in ancient Rome. Though there’s a scene with aliens fighting a space battle because of Star Wars I guess. Those Romans sure did love them Star Wars… I mean, it is meant to be a ridiculous gesture but it goes on for about a minute longer than it ought to, so it feels a bit out of place with the otherwise historical setting.

Anyway, this movie is absolutely hilarious from start to finish, especially if you know the broad strokes of the Jesus story as it does a really good job of parodying it. After Brian hides successfully by impersonating a wannabe prophet, he accidentally starts his own religion and by the next morning there’s over a hundred followers outside his door. After this, there’s a series of misunderstandings so severe I’m surprised everyone isn’t followers of Brian-ism at this point.

It kind of reminds me of Sherlock Jr. actually. In that film I commented on it being low on plot but high on laughs. I think the same could be said here, that it’s more about making funny jokes but doesn’t do much in the terms of plot. It’s stronger here than in Sherlock Jr. but it doesn’t really do much more than go through the broad strokes of the Jesus story. I think having a stronger plot would have strengthened the movie for me by just a tad.

Why you should watch it before you die: If you’re a Monty Python fan or interested in the time period, this is a great film and so perfectly parodies the Christian tale that I think it deserves a watch.

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