Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life

Name: Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life
Year: 1983
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 133
Description: Why are we here, what’s it all about? The Monty Python team is trying to sort out the most important question on Earth: what is the meaning of life? They do so by exploring the various stages of life, starting with birth. A doctor seems more interested in his equipment than in delivering the baby or caring for the mother, a Roman Catholic couple have quite a lot of children because ‘every sperm is sacred’. In the growing and learning part of life, catholic schoolboys attend a rather strange church service and ditto sex education lesson. Onto war, where an officer’s plan to attack is thwarted by his underlings wanting to celebrate his birthday and an officer’s leg is bitten off by presumably an African tiger. At middle age a couple orders ‘philosophy’ at a restaurant, after which the film continues with live organ transplants.
Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle
Genres: Comedy, Musical

Watched this while drinking English breakfast tea, so felt very British, but also couldn’t help finding the whole package too absurd. I enjoyed some parts, but nothing more.

The dialogue was too soft and the music too loud. The songs sounded better than the conversations. The track sounded surprisingly obsolete, but was also surprisingly dynamic. The score was good.

And the narrator interfered with the lyrics at times.



Name: Octopussy
Year: 1983
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 131
Description: James Bond’s next mission sends him to the circus. A British agent was murdered and found holding onto a priceless Faberge egg. Kamal Kahn buys the egg at an auction, but Bond becomes suspicious when Kahn meets up with Russian General Orlov. Bond soon finds out that Kahn’s and Orlov’s plan is to blow a nuclear device in an American Air Force base. Bond teams up with a circus group, which is headed by the beautiful Octopussy, who is also a close friend of Kahn. Will Bond be quick enough before World War III begins?
Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan
Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller

I found the first half surprisingly enjoyable. Even after so many entries, the Bond formula still works for me. But then things became rather confusing and I never understood how exactly Kahn and the circus were connected, who did what for whom and why, how the jewels were connected to the weapon etc. Would also have liked a little more Magda and Roger Moore really had a very bad moment when he was getting angry at Orlov on the train.

It’s also interesting to hear how the Bond scores are changing from dull trombone wailing to beautiful, romantic music. I really liked the emphasis on the violin in this one. The song was weak, though.