Friday, April 27, 2012

[Review] History of the World: Part I (1981 movie)

Summary: Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Rating: R. 

Run Time: 92 minutes.

Other warnings: Sexual jokes are present throughout the entire movie and there is quite a lot of profanity... so don't show kids this movie :P


I can safely say this was one of the most perverted movies I have ever seen. Apparently my friend was going to watch it once too, but her parents were like, "NO. This is too innapproriate." (Unlike mine.) But it was really quite funny as well.

It was hilarious. They reimagined things such as the parting of the Red Sea (which turned out to be Moses raising his arms/hands because he was being robbed). Some parts of the movie were amusing innuendoes and other you wouldn't really be able to understand without knowing the basics of history and their rulers, but even I got them (and my general knowledge level is nearly null). My favorite part of the movie probably makes me immature but it was a part near the beginning of the movie (so it was in "Ancient Rome"). Tge main characters were walking into a place where the senators spoke in Latin (which sounded like nonsense). The main characters dessed up in togas and instead of speaking latin (which was BS to them), they just walked in saying, "bs, bs..." Yup. I'm officially super immature.

The only things that actually really annoyed/irked me was that the main characters stayed constant throughout the entire movie. Or atleast the actor, Mel Brooks, did... (He played the roles of Moses, Comicus, Torquemeda, Jacques, and King Louis XVI!) Oh, and the fact that at times it was too perverted for me to handle and so I had to turn away and plug my ears >.< My mom, of course, was like, "No, its a good movie, you need to watch all of it." T_T So I stayed through the torture and found the movie mostly to my liking.
They went through history like this:
  • The Dawn of Man
  • The Old Testament
  • The Roman Empire
  • The Spanish Inquisition
  • The French Revolution
Also, at the end, there was "Previews of Upcoming Attractions" in History of the World: Part II (which never came out).
Trivia tidbit: Apparently the catchphrase, "It's good to be king." originated in this film (it is used many times during "the French Revolution")

Jacques: Don't cry, my dear. I may not have been born a king, or lived like a king. But at least I can die like a king!
[He strides to the guillotine with dignity]
Citizen Official: Your Majesty, do you require a blindfold?
Jacques: None!
Citizen Official: Have you any last request?
Jacques: None!
Citizen Official: Test the guillotine!
[Another executioner triggers the guillotine; the blade comes down and chops the head off a wooden dummy] Jacques: Holy shit! Uh, wait! Wait! Last request! I have a last request!
Citizen Official: What is your last request?
Jacques: Novocaine!
[the Official confers with the Executioner]
Citizen Official: There is no such thing known to medical science!

Jacques: I'll wait!

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