I thought the entire sequence in The Pit in Rises was stupid. Especially the escape.
Anyhow, I was negligent as over the weekend I saw Ted. It wasn't the kind of film I'd have gone to have seen at the cinema, but me and my best friend wanted something to do. So here's the thing, it isn't a bad film, by any stretch. It's hilarious, especially if you appreciate Seth McFarlane, but that in itself is the problem. It's Seth McFarlane. There is nothing new here. If you take the best five episodes of Family Guy or American Dad and put them together, would you be prepared to pay for them? I wouldn't. As it stands, my ticket was a tenner. Far too much for the film. It is, however, perfect DVD fodder for when you have a load of people round and want something on in the background that you can talk over, but turn attention to every so often and still get it. So it's good, very good, but not cinema-worthy. On top of that, I can't imagine myself wanting to watch it too many times. It's not that the plot wears itself thin, more that a lot of the jokes come with a punch that would surely be lost a second time. Bonus points though for Patrick Stewart's narration, moreso the opening than ending.
More recently and at home...ly, I've just watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It's a very funny film, but it's quite inconsistent with pacing and sort of jumps all over the place. It's funny because that's obviously what the Pythons are well known for, at least going into this first film, but I have no problem with it in The Meaning of Life, perhaps because that was made with sketches particularly in mind. So, at about the hour mark in Grail, I found myself kinda losing patience. That said, its jokes are, again, great. It isn't anywhere near close to Life of Brian, although considering quite how good that is, that's not exactly a slur against Grail.