Genre Guesstimation – The Meaning of Life (1983)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Allie of Often Off Topic and we will be reviewing our favorite British Comedies

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Allie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of British Comedies.

“Hey, I didn’t eat the mousse!” – Lady Presenter

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (cable in the 80’s and 4 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The members of Monty Python use various sketch comedy scenes to show the various stages of life.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Monty Python and this is a film that I recall seeing as a kid on cable, but it was never among my favorites of their repertoire.

This film allows them to once again spotlight their comedic talent as they poke fun at life from birth through death.

This is a film that is comprised of various sketches dealing with the different stages in life and it mostly works really well to evoke not just smirks but outright laughter along the way.

Unfortunately, since this film is just a composition of sketches, it fails to have a real anchor to connect things together as a story.

This takes so much away from things because instead of being seen as among the best of the films by this comedy troupe, it comes across as a very good episode of a TV sketch show like SNL, but not as an anthology film.

That being said, this film has some great moments that are hilarious as they depict the ways of life.

Much of the film is quite quotable and many of the themes are still very relevant to the world even after 36 years.

This, in and of itself shows the brilliance of Monty Python since much of their comedy is quite timeless.

Bottom Line – Monty Python are such an amazingly talented and funny troupe and this film once again allows them to shine in that environment. This film is a collection of various sketches like some of their previous films, but the biggest problem is the fact that it lack a real anchor storywise throughout.  This takes so much away from the film and it makes things feel more like an episode of SNL or a similar themed show instead of a great anthology film. That being said, this film is filled with lots of hilarious scenes and funny lines that are still quotable and relevant even after 36+ years since this was made which once again shows how amazingly brilliant this troupe can be. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During an interview to promote the film when it was first released, one Python said the meaning of life concept was the only way they could think of to tie together a lot of unrelated sketch material. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but the lack of a real anchor between the various skits takes away from making this film more impactful.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Meaning of Life (1983)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1983 | MovieRob

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