On the surface, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is not a good move. I would not disagree if you though it was, in fact, a terrible abysmal film. Yet Buckaroo Banzai does something few films have managed to do well- it was brilliantly spoofed the entire science-fiction genre. it has played on the cliches and basic ideological bullshit stuffed into them, while being engrossing and entertaining throughout. The film is smarter and better than most its peers, and stands as just a ridiculous example of film making. Everything about this film cries out as being the last calling card for all sci-fi byproducts. None are greater than the one that single-handedly mocked all the cliches of the times in one fell swoop.
Reason to Watch
Buckaroo Banzai might kick your ass if you do not. Personally, I like my ass intact and have ordered a new copy of Buckaroo Banzai Across whatever through Amazon.
It’s like Dune, except not as pretentious and bloated and more streamlined and awesome.
Most Memorable Quote(s)
- Perfect Tommy: Pictures don’t lie.
Reno: The hell they don’t. I met my first wife that way.
- John O’Connor: They’re only monkey-boys. We can crush them here on earth, Lord Whorfin.
What You Need to Get Through This Movie
An awesome open mind and appreciation for Banzai, the Chuck Norris of his time.
- The latitude and longitude recited by the technicians during the “alignment” of the Oscillation Overthruster are the coordinates of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- President Widmark is clearly intended to look and sound like Orson Welles, who directed and starred in the radio presentation of “War of the Worlds” referenced in the film.
Well, for starters, there is an 8th dimension
Science fiction films as a whole are sort of dumb, no matter how many dimensions they add
Justification for Rating
However you spin it, this science fiction spoof is smarter, wittier, and basically superior to any legitimate science-fiction film ever made. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy holds its own as a film, but this came out decades before and stands the test of the time as the final capstone on terrible science-fiction, and what a way to bow out.