Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mr. A's review of.....The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimention

The Story
Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, neurosurgeon, physicist, and underground rock star, has just successfully tested his new rocket car which is powered by an "Oscillation Overthruster." However this wondrous news attracts the attention of the Red Lectroids, a group of evil renegade aliens who have been on Earth for almost fifty years.
Aided by members of the Black Lectroids, the peace-loving enemies of the Red Lectroids, and Banzai's own think-tank/rockin' back-up band The Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo must race against the clock to stop Lord John Whorfin and the rest of the Red Lectroids from escaping Earth with the Oscillation Overthruster or risk starting a nuclear holocaust.
Can Buckaroo solve the mystery of Yoyodyne Propulsion System? And who is Penny Priddy and why does she resemble Buckaroo's late wife? With the entire world at stake, the only one who can save us all is Buckaroo Banzai!

The Review
This film hasn't exactly aged well as evident by the 80's fashion, music, and overall style. However, if you want 80's camp, this is the freakin' jackpot! Both Peter Weller and John Lithgow are awesome as Buckaroo and Whorfin respectively and the overall storyline is actually pretty cool. It does get a little convoluted at times, but you'll get the gist of it. The music is great and the pacing is solid. It does however lack some emotional involvement on the part of the characters, but that can be overlooked for the most part.

The Verdict
This movie is straight fun. Between the musical number, the gun fights, and the chase scenes, Buckaroo Banzai won't disappoint as long as you have an open mind. Check it out on Netflix or if your local Redbox has it then shell out the $2 for it.


Jaa mata,
Mr. A
(Executive Producer, Blue Blaze Irregular)

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