Day 18 – Your favourite comedy
Last year I attempted a list of my top 10 favourite Christmas movies and the number 1 on that list also happens to be my favourite comedy ever! It is 1979’s The Life of Brian, made by Monty Python. Here’s the trailer although for me it doesn’t quite do the movie justice:
This movie is still seen as sacrilegious by some, but it really shouldn’t be. It never makes fun of Jesus himself; it’s about Brian who lives a life parallel to Jesus and is mistaken for a messiah. Brian unwillingly becomes the object of adoration and tries to escape from it. It is that and the poking fun at history and the Romans that provides the comedy.
The Life of Brian has so very many classic funny scenes that I won’t start listing them here (I already listed some in my Christmas movies post mentioned above); you’ll just have to watch this for yourself and see! And best to watch it in English as well, as half the humour dissipates in another language.
Even after watching it often it still has me in stitches every time! I spent my childhood in Israel which is a hotbed of religion and you are confronted with history at every turn. I grew up with bible stories and my dad was a very critical theologian so there were discussions in our house about the “historical Jesus” and how he came to be the center of a world religion (I found reading Zealot : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan absolutely fascinating in that respect). This movie and the issues it pokes fun at just fits with the environment I was brought up in and I think that’s why it clicks with me so!