Monty Python And The Holy Grail Gets Modernized Summer Blockbuster Trailer

By Nick Venable 2013-09-11 18:38:56discussion comments


Yes, somewhere out there on the Internet, there probably exists a better video than the one seen above, but Iíll be damned if anyone is going to talk me into trying to find it. Created by YouTuber Stťphane Bouley, itís a modernized trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail that does a fantastic job of proving you canít judge a book by its cover, nor can you judge a film solely by its loud and obnoxious summer blockbuster-styled trailer. Thatís been proven time and time again by Hollywood, a place where Holy Grail wasnít created, thankfully.

Monty Python has long been my favorite source of comedy, and the subversive ways in which they got their humor across was never less than brilliant. This trailer is true to form in the way in which it shines a glaring, disappointed light on the current method of producing film trailers. Itís amazing how clever editing, timely fade-outs and a big booming score can heighten the drama of a scene that involves a man trying to decide whether or not to burn a witch based on her comparative weight to a duck (or a church). Iím actually surprised the entire thing wasnít just a series of smash cuts and slo-mo, a la Zack Snyder.

This is, of course, a great film to use this technique with, since it is by all means a high-octane adventure, albeit one with holy hand grenades, killer rabbits and knights, both limbless ones and those who now say, ďEkke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptangya Ziiinnggggggg Ni.Ē Given Arthurís straight man status, almost all of his and Tim the Enchanterís dialogue could easily be taken seriously.

Of course, I wish that a more Pythonesque font were used throughout the trailer, and itís hard to forgive the non-inclusion of coconut-clopping Terry Gilliam in the cast listing, but I guess nothing is perfect. Except the moose who do the sacking (please donít sack me).

Itís especially impressive when you consider the filmís actual theatrical trailer, which featured almost as many new jokes as it did actual film footage, as well as a shot from Bergmanís The Seventh Seal. You have to try damned hard to take all the humor out of anything that the Monty Python clan is responsible for, and Iíll be damned if this wasnít the best effort. Weíre hoping the upcoming pseudo-reunion flick Absolutely Anything is chock-full of the best of their humor.

Check out that three-and-a-half-minute trailer below, followed by the Lego version of the Camelot song. ďItís only a model.Ē ďShh.Ē




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