A friend and I were discussing the relationship between art and life the other day. He told me he thought much of life can be described in terms of the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He explained the movie addresses how we create our own truths and manipulate events to suit our needs; how we harbor an inherent dislike of the other and make outrageous meaningless demands in order to demonstrate power over others, and how all this is part of our misplaced desire to achieve a heroic legacy.
Then he described some of the scenes that he thought supported his idea. I liked the one when the knights are taunted by the French who catapult farm animals at them. I found the scene where Arthur and his men are stopped by these strange knights who won’t let them pass through their lands until Arthur brings them a shrubbery pretty funny too.
I guess it all kind of made sense the way my friend told it and probably there’s some truth in his analogy, but after seeing the movie I think a better observation is that although we may do silly things sometimes and take ourselves too seriously once in a while there’s nothing more important in this world than a playful creative imagination.