Jerry Bruckheimer and the Holy Grail
September 11, 2013 3:20 PM   Subscribe

What if Jerry Bruckheimer had made "Monty Python and the Holy Grail?"
posted by Chocolate Pickle (46 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
From here.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:21 PM on September 11, 2013


Pretty good. Fonts are all wrong, though.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 3:24 PM on September 11, 2013 [12 favorites]


It reminds me of this. Someone made a trailer for "My Neighbor Totoro" that made it seem like a horror film.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:24 PM on September 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


That was pretty darn good.

Must wait for some clueless niece or neph to get to the age where I can mess with them thusly.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 3:29 PM on September 11, 2013


He wouldn't have.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 3:38 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


And that, is why there is an Oscar for editing.
posted by moonlily at 3:41 PM on September 11, 2013 [8 favorites]


Sorry, but no. The plot still makes too much sense.
posted by KGMoney at 3:50 PM on September 11, 2013


> Fonts are all wrong, though.

Yup! Needs more Trajan.
posted by Tom-B at 3:50 PM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


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posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:55 PM on September 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


In a world where your parents smelt of elderberries, one man must face extraordinary peril.
posted by arcticseal at 3:55 PM on September 11, 2013 [33 favorites]


Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yer?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 3:59 PM on September 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Needs way, WAY more Holy Hand Grenade.
posted by The Bellman at 4:02 PM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


The next time somebody asks what irony is, I'll link to that.

But first I'll ask if that somebody has already seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

More than once.
posted by notyou at 4:02 PM on September 11, 2013


An excellent example of high context anti-humor. This achieves hilarity by avoiding almost every possible moment of comedy, but you have to be familiar with the source to understand it.

The next time somebody asks what irony is, I'll link to that.

Agreed. This video is so ironic that Doug Piranha could use it as a weapon.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:12 PM on September 11, 2013 [9 favorites]


Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!
posted by mosk at 4:13 PM on September 11, 2013 [14 favorites]


It didn't really work for me. On paper, the lines seem sufficiently ominous, but every time a Python said something, I wanted to crack up laughing.
posted by Bokmakierie at 4:13 PM on September 11, 2013


Oh man, this could've been great. The editing was spot on, the music choice was good (loved the PAAAAARRRMs thrown in), but yeah the fonts and the crappy audio mixing kinda threw off the suspension of disbelief (or whatever the correct term would be for this type of thing) for me.
posted by TwoWordReview at 4:41 PM on September 11, 2013


You had me at "spanking".
posted by not_on_display at 4:41 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, this seems more like someone had an idea and just didn't have the know-how to pull it off.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:52 PM on September 11, 2013


I loved the way they were looking around to see which direction the helicopters were coming from.

This achieves hilarity by avoiding almost every possible moment of comedy, but you have to be familiar with the source to understand it.

Yeah but the familiarity was almost a detriment for me. I kept waiting to see how he'd work in the killer rabbit.
posted by fuse theorem at 4:55 PM on September 11, 2013


I admire their ability to resist throwing in a single thing for a quick laugh.
posted by odinsdream at 5:22 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fonts are all wrong, though

Those responsible, have been sacked.
posted by mrbill at 5:44 PM on September 11, 2013 [20 favorites]


Needs more bunny.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:44 PM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


A few nights ago I found a copy of Holy Grail on YouTube and started to watch it.

It's been a few years since my Python binging days, and I haven't watched Holy Grail since. So it was a legitimate delight to realize that that film is just as brilliant and perfect as I used to think it was. Fans don't ruin everything!

Truly one of the greatest comedy groups there ever was. Few people come close. Mr. Show, Kids in the Hall, Key and Peele... all are great but none reach quite that peak of inspired mania for me. Douglas Adams said they were the only performance group in any genre to match the Beatles, and I think he's pretty much right. It feels sometimes like we're past the point where a sketch group could be so groundbreaking, because sketch is no longer an innovative comedic form*; if so, they might always stand alone. And I'd be okay with that, because they are truly great.

*Not counting Tim and Eric here; I think they're utterly brilliant but am not quite sure I'd call them sketch comedians.
posted by Rory Marinich at 5:51 PM on September 11, 2013 [3 favorites]




I'd forgotten how bloody perfect that one is, gottabefunky. So good.
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:12 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fonts are all wrong, though

Oh, god, the justification. Which has none.
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:15 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I agree, that Shining one is definitely amazing. Thanks for reminding me of it, gottabefunky. I never fail to marvel anew when I see it.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:16 PM on September 11, 2013


Someone made a trailer for "My Neighbor Totoro" that made it seem like a horror film.

My bizarre discovery of the week was that "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Grave of the Fireflies" were originally released as a double feature. I'm no sure in which order the films aired, but of Grave of the Fireflies was second the kiddies watching would have been in for some shatteringly defeated expectations.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 6:26 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know, I had no memory of just how creepy Mrs. Doubtfire was...
posted by ApathyGirl at 7:03 PM on September 11, 2013


It still makes me crack up every time I hear "Solsbury Hill" kick in on the Shining trailer.
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:14 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


No, stop this. It's still far too silly! Besides, you can tell those aren't real explosions.

Right! Now let's see something decent and military. Some precision drilling!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:25 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I really like these Seinfeld trailers in a variety of genres. I didn't quite realize just how often Seinfeld is parodying/referencing serious genres, but the raw material there clearly gives the recutter a lot to work with.
posted by Copronymus at 7:28 PM on September 11, 2013


I looove "Holy Grail" and could probably recite most of it by heart, and this...well, I want to see this new "reboot." In fact, can we redo the whole of the Python franchise in a modern sensibility? For example, Mel Gibson could do "Life of Brian" with a lot more fake blood, and maybe Ken Loach could do "Meaning of Life" with all hand-held cameras!
posted by wenestvedt at 7:43 PM on September 11, 2013


> Fonts are all wrong, though.

Yup! Needs more Trajan.


And good lord, does it need more kerning.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:48 PM on September 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Pretty good. Fonts are all wrong, though.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:24 PM on September 11


Also my very first thought. I love you, MetaFilter, and life.

But Myriad Pro only sometimes.
posted by four panels at 8:45 PM on September 11, 2013


At first I wondered why they didn't use very much of Launcelot's fighting scenes from Swamp Castle. But it probably wasn't right for his idiom.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:51 PM on September 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


They really should have included the original the Holy Grail questing song at the very end of the trailer. That would be completely legit.
posted by Apocryphon at 11:00 PM on September 11, 2013


Well, that explains the order for 76,000 battery llamas from Llama Fresh™ Farms, Ltd.
posted by ShutterBun at 11:52 PM on September 11, 2013


Leaving Gilliam off the credits irrationally irritated me.
posted by winna at 3:58 AM on September 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, this seems more like someone had an idea and just didn't have the know-how to pull it off.

When I first saw this a couple of days ago there was a comment from the maker saying he was just trying out some new editing software, which is why the fonts are just defaults and why it isn't as polished as it might be. But now it's buried under 1100 other YouTube comments...
posted by rory at 5:33 AM on September 12, 2013


I'd love to see a mockumentary, sort of Lost in La Mancha meets The Trip about an attempt to remake Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A scene where Steve Coogan sits down with an unaware-this-is-fake John Cleese to try to get tips on how to play Tim the Sorcerer would be deliciously awkward. David Mitchell keeps auditioning for any of the Terry Jones parts and keeps getting shot down. Chris O'Dowd worried that his big break as King Arthur is being overshadowed by the rest of the ensemble. Eric Idle as himself, gleefully signing off on any script/costume/casting changes in return for a bag of cash.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:55 AM on September 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


My bizarre discovery of the week was that "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Grave of the Fireflies" were originally released as a double feature. I'm no sure in which order the films aired, but of Grave of the Fireflies was second the kiddies watching would have been in for some shatteringly defeated expectations.

I was told in uni by a Film Soc friend that you have to show Grave of the Fireflies first and then finish with Totoro. Otherwise you get incredibly depressed people leaving the theatre.
posted by Alnedra at 6:03 AM on September 12, 2013


Whoever made that needs some spanking. And then oral sex.
posted by Decani at 7:35 AM on September 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


For example, Mel Gibson could do "Life of Brian" with a lot more fake blood

And everyone would be speaking some form of Brythonic Gaelic. And wearing woad.
posted by tracicle at 9:14 AM on September 12, 2013




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