Review of The Meaning of Life (1983)

Moving picture, 107 minutes

Disjointed skits centered on human life in various stages, from birth to afterlife. This is preceded by a short film about accountants, and concluded with the answer.

Satire with a gruesome touch. Directed by the two Terrys. Gilliam did the “short feature” in excellent Brazil (1985) style.

This film is slower and looser than the two masterpieces. A large part of the budget was spent on the musical scene, which is a pity. It tries a bit too hard to be controversial by outdated standards. The promised penises never materialize; you’ll have to try Fight Club (1999) for that. Instead, an old television set running Gilliam’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969) intro disappears into space, ending an era.

moving picture fiction Monty Python