The Electric Commentary

Sunday, April 30, 2006


I saw Monty Python's Spamalot on Thursday. It is a silly thing.

If you like the movie, you will probably like the musical version. The only glaring omissions are the "If she weighs as much as a duck than she must be a witch" scene, and the "you must answer me these questions three" scene, but the rest is still more or less intact. They take a few liberties, but after all, they needed to carve out some time for singing, and they actually do a clever job of condensing a few plotlines.

The worst part, by far, is the completely unnecessary Lady of the Lake, who seems to be included only to provide for a female role in the production. Most of her part consists of ridiculing Broadway conventions, and, as we all know, if there is going to be a ladyish part in a Monty Python production it should really be played by a man. However, as cringe inducing as she is, it does give you time to use the restroom so as not to miss the Black Knight, the killer rabbit, and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

I should also mention that Eric Idle decided to include "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" in the show even though the song is from "The Life of Brian," and makes infinitely more sense when the singer is being crucified. There's also a South Park/Family Guy style number on the impossibility of making it on Broadway without any Jews. Frankly, it's funnier when Trey and Matt do it.

It's a good show for the solid Python fan, but may induce small amounts of boredom/eye-rolling in the laity. But I still liked it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go polish my pocket protectors. And it's almost time for Doctor Who.



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