In 1983, a British comedy troupe made the last film they would ever make and called an end to a career that spanned three decades and countless radio programs, three feature films and a television series. The troupe was Monty Python and the film was The Meaning of Life. Following the success of The Holy Grail and Life of Brian, The Pythons decided to tackle the ultimate question: what is the meaning of life? In a series of seemingly random sketches, they attempt to answer this question. While the lack of linear narrative means the comedy is more inconsistent than its predecessors, we are still given a worthwhile film that will outlive its stars.
To commemorate 30 years since the film first hit theaters, a special anniversary edition has been released, which warrants attention. In addition to the rudimentary deleted scenes, “Making off” featurette and feature commentary, it includes an exclusive 30th Anniversary reunion with the stars of the film: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam. On top of the reunion are various tidbits, including rules on how to live and a prologue by Eric Idle made in 2003. There is also a much-needed sing-along feature, which allows you to sing with the film’s classic songs, including fan favorite “Every Sperm is Sacred.” Their brand of comedy is not for everyone, but they still retain an ardent following and worldwide success and through their creative endeavors, have cemented their place as one of the most successful, influential comedy troupes of all time. ~Raj-Kabir Birk