By D.E, Levine
When the famed comedy troupe Monty Python decided to do its first live performance in 34 years, it seemed only right to document the process.
Chronicling the reunion of the surviving members of the troupe in their first live performance since 1980, we learn that the catalyst is a lawsuit (unexplained) that has had a severe effect on some member's finances. The result is a 10-day run at London's O2 stadium where they'll have a nightly audience of 15,000.
The film, by Roger Graef and James Rogan, shows the troupe dealing with media, getting reacquainted, rehearsing and performing shows that are nostalgic and where the audiences frequently know the sketches, line by line.
Between stage sequences, the documentary flashes back to the old days when the troupe was performing together. While some of the material may seem dated now, or even less humorous than originally, the bonafide delight in each other's company is very evident. Even after a hiatus of so many years, these troupe members genuinely like being together and performing together.
Well worth seeing, overall the documentary is nostalgic and funny and will be most appealing to die hard Monty Python fans