Those freaky funny fellas from Monty Python are back again – Kernel John reviewed MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) back in August for its cinema run and now the movie is out on DVD and Blu Ray around the country. The people at SHOCK tracked us down via Facebook and have offered us up copies to giveaway so have a revisit of Kernel John’s review and enter away to win one of 5x copies on Blu Ray thanks to SHOCK  – this comp will NOT be posted before Xmas so if you want it sooner or want to buy copies for Xmas presents then head on over to HERE and you can buy it online. Rock on peeps – JK.


I have to admit to not being a fan of Monty Python, I just never understood them when I was younger and it has never really grown on me over the millions of years since then. So I put this one out to the kernels and Kernel John got in to review it. MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) saw a one off screening being broadcasted live around the world to a multitude of cinemas everywhere – the good news is that the concert is still able to be viewed at quite a few places across Sydney – no longer live but still the same thing and, if your thing, lots of fun seeing your comedic heroes of old reunited. One thing I do love – their website is incredible – you can find it HERE. And as for places still screening it in Australia – you can find them HERE. And if you’re a cray cray fan of the gang you can stalk them on Facebook HERE. Enjoy Kernel John’s review…..all the best…..JK.





If you were around in the 70’s, and old enough to appreciate it, you were a massive fan of Monty Python. In that decade there were arguably two types of people in the world. Those who loved Monty Python and those who had not been born yet. For those not around during that era to fully grasp the Pythonesque mania, it has been said that Monty Python’s influence on comedy is (not was, is, as in STILL is) comparable to the Beatles’ influence on music. That is how awe-inspiring they were back in their heyday. While I am aware of the fact that if you were not around for Monty Python, you could not have been around for the Beatles, unless you somehow live your life chronologically regressive, like some twisted THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON character, everyone knows who the Beatles were. Even the youth of today with their One Direction fever understand that it has already been done, half a century ago. Now all we need is a modern day Yoko Ono to enter the scene and we can finally put this 1D tripe to bed…

After nearly 15 years of satirical genius, the Monty Python troupe broke up in 1983. In 1989, one of the six-member group, Graham Chapman, passed away and with him went all thoughts of a Monty Python reunion. However, to the great appreciation of everyone currently nearing retirement age, or anyone who has jumped on the Monty Python bandwagon since their departure, the surviving five members reunited for what will be their final time in a stage show in London, billed as “Monty Python Live (Mostly).” The show’s slogan was “One Down, Five to Go,” referring to the five living members of the troupe John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.




MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) the movie, is basically a recording of the last of the group’s ten stage shows. The “mostly” section of the title refers to the old school footage exerts of their television series and films that are spliced into the production. This is an entertaining way to keep the audience engaged in between live skits, while stagehands run around setting the scene for the next gag. The sets themselves are quite detailed and lavish. This is no pop diva’s concert mind you, but considering most of the entertainment value for a comedy troupe comes from the jokes and not from the backdrop, I was impressed by the level of effort put in by the production team to set the scene. There is also a wide supporting entourage of singers and performers who joyously belt out Monty Python classics in song and dance. Multiple costume changes between the main stars and backing cast also aided in bringing the whole show to life. This was not just your typical stand-up comic routine, with the comedian sitting centred under a single spotlight and delivering one liners to scattered applause, but a full on stage spectacular.




For me though, it was the jokes themselves that let this film down, which for a Monty Python performance is kind of the whole point. I was not around in the 70’s to see the group first start out, but certainly came to welcome their particular brand of absurdism when I was old enough to understand it. However, after 30 or 40 years since the gags were first penned, the humour has not aged all that well. The performance did not include any new material, but consisted entirely of Monty Python classics. Some of the jokes had a few words or references updated to relate to modern audiences, but for the most part the comedy was the same today as it was in the 70’s. Though I knew this going in, I ended up leaving the cinema a little disappointed at the film overall. Perhaps I have changed since I last viewed their content, or perhaps their humour is no longer relevant to current audiences, but as I looked around the movie theatre during the screening, I could not help but notice a clear distinction. Those who were old enough to be fans from the beginning were all smiles and laughs throughout the entire film. Many would even cheer after a costume change, when they saw one of the stars emerge in a particular set of clothes. Within seconds of seeing the outfit they knew which sketch was about to take place, and no doubt remembering the scene from their earlier years, they applauded in joyous recognition of what was about to come. However, those of a younger ilk seemed disengaged and bored for most of the movie. Having potentially never seen any Monty Python before, they appeared to struggle to find the humour in the gags, which was unfortunate to see.

As I said, the production value of the stage show was amazing, and while I can list it critically as I have above, this review deals with the movie version after all. Sadly, all those fantastical elements that bring a theatre alive did not translate well to film. From what I saw, it really did seem to be a case of “you really needed to be there.” The movie itself lacked that certain atmosphere that can only be gained from being surrounded by 20,000 other screaming, cheering, elderly fans. The only thing that carried over between the two mediums was the dialogue, but with none of the other theatrical essentials to support it, the jokes fell a little flat.




That said, some of the funniest moments came when the stars forgot their lines. Constant corpsing attempts by their fellow actors meant that occasionally a member would break character as they struggled to suppress a laugh, only to lose their place in the skit once they had regained their composure. This lead to even more confusion as the whole cast would very nearly breakdown into fits of mirth as they attempted to salvage the gag. None of this was edited out of the film, and for me, I definitely think it adds a lovely touch to the movie.

There is also a wide range of guest appearances. Throughout the 10 show run, many stars showed up here and there for certain sketches. Notable cameos that appeared in the film include English comedian Eddie Izzard, Canadian actor Mike Myers, and renowned physicists Professors Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking.

Overall, if you are a long time fan of Monty Python, then you will certainly enjoy this film. With classic gags such as Every Sperm Is Sacred, Nudge Nudge and Dead Parrot, as well as famous songs including the Galaxy Song and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, past Monty Python consumers will find the whole event highly entertaining. However, younger audiences may struggle with this film unless they are die-hard aficionados. In my case, I thought I was a big enough fan to truly enjoy this event, but sadly, I left the cinema a little dissatisfied.


2 and a Half Pops


With special thanks to SHOCK to win one the 5X BLU RAYs of MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

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