Medieval comedy at the movies

Comedy and the Middle Ages seem to be natural bedmates. Chivalrous knights, distressed damsels and bloody sieges have become a rich source of jokes and japes in the movies

Medieval comedy at the movies

Some examples of films based in the medieval era:

  • A Knight’s Tale (2001)
  • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • Jabberwocky (1977)
  • A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)
  • The Court Jester (1955)

I love the Killer Rabbit sketch in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Instead of a dragon that must be slain by a brave knight, it’s a fluffy bunny with a mean temperament.

When Braveheart first hit the cinemas, I was as bowled over as everybody else. l don’t think it’s worn well with the passage of time and changing views of Mel Gibson. The English, as in his American war of independence movie Patriot, are cartoonishly evil. So this satire was a welcome puncturing of that movie’s pomposity.

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