Men at Arms | Chicago Reader

Men at Arms

The Estonian comedy troupe O-Fraktsioon aims for the sublime silliness of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with this 2005 feature about a medieval peasant boy kidnapped by marauding Teutons, but the jokes have all the finesse of a sledgehammer. Among the targets are the papacy, pagan rituals, lusty virgins, French cuisine, and German militarism (all the soldiers sport Hitler mustaches, a running gag that isn't even funny the first time). The movie also features crude animation and serious gore; the latter feels particularly out of place in what's meant to be a lighthearted, revisionist romp. Kaaren Kaer directed. In Estonian with subtitles. 109 min.

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