30 Movies in 30 Days: The Meaning Of Life

Had I seen it before: No.

What IMDb says: The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Requirements fulfilled: No new requirements fulfilled.

Why I picked it: I thought it would be fun to watch a movie with my parents. And I have weird parents so this is the one we decided on as a family.

What I liked about it: Ultimately, a comedy is supposed to make me laugh and I feel like this movie accomplished that. Favorite sketches included the one at the beginning where the baby is born, and the one where the dude is trying to get his military peeps to march back and forth across the square with him.

I also must say that I have never seen a movie like this before. I’d see the Monty Python TV show which is KINDA the same but also not really. Here we have a loose theme kind of tying each sketch together. It feels slightly less random than an episode of the show. But it’s also nothing like Monty Python and the Holy Grail or Life of Brian, both of which had a overall plot. I admire them for trying something new.

What I didn’t like about it: The sketches that did NOT make me laugh are just plain bad, the first one that comes to mind being the one with the really fat guy who explodes all over a restaurant. They don’t make me laugh or think or cry or have any value as far as I can see.

It’s also just somewhat exhausting to have to get into a new premise every 10 minutes or so. Most of these premises are just plain bizarre, and yes, that’s part of the charm of anything Monty Python related. The drawback however is that you spend an inordinate amount of time just trying to figure out what exactly is happening. Sometimes I found myself too puzzled to really find anything funny.

Would I watch it again: The problem with sketch-based media in 2018 is that it’s far too easy just to find the sketches you like on the internet and skip the rest. There’s really no reason to watch the movie as a whole when I can just search “Meaning of Life Soldiers” on YouTube and re-watch one of the moments I liked best.

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