A Farewell to Gumbys: Monty Python Calling It Quits
It's a close one, because Life of Brian is the first movie I ever saw in the theater that literally made me fall out of my chair laughing (and this is still my favorite scene), but I think for the sake of contrariness, I'm going to with 1983's The Meaning of Life.
It's a cynical film, with several frankly unpleasant interludes ("Live Organ Transplants" and "Christmas in Heaven," mostly due to the disco finish and Chapman's disquieting fake tan), but as the years have gone by, I find myself drawn into it more and more. Maybe it's my own looming midlife crisis, or maybe I just want to go out like Arthur Jarrett.
And "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" finally makes sense.
Again, "The Lumberjack Song" and "Look on the Bright Side of Life" may have been the first Python songs many of us learned, but they're also terribly overplayed. Luckily, Idle (Python's main songwriter) left us with an embarrassment of riches.
"The Galaxy Song"
For a young man struggling with recent tragedy and other boring existential issues, "The Galaxy Song" was simply wonderful, even in the context of Idle singing the song in order to convince Mrs. Brown to donate her liver sans anesthesia.
Admit it, this is the best history of the First Lord Protector of the Commonwealth you've ever heard.
There may be reissues of various material coming from the Python camp, but these O2 shows are, more than likely, the last time these septuagenarians will ever assemble to perform "The Cheese Shop." I'm going to try and catch it in the theater, after which I plan to slap as many people with a fish as possible.