Friday, May 16, 2008

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension

"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai", (Richter, 1984) One person's cult movie is another person's rotten tomato. Score one for the Solanum lycopersicum. though if you are a fashion-freak, you may enjoy it as an 80's period-piece. It might also solve the mystery of Peter Weller's career. (Buckaroo Banzai). The plot is both generic and nonsensical - our eponymous hero has to save the earth from a band of aliens - but it is really no more than a vehicle for the campy dialog that must have sounded really funny at the run-through. Admittedly, there are some great lines now and then but the whole experience is too tortuous to go through more than once.

1 comment:

Yojimbo_5 said...

Still looking forward to the promised sequel "Buckaroo Banzai: Against the World Crime League," and the other adventures, "Find the Jetcar, Said the President," "The Strange Case of Mr. Cigars," and "Return of the Screw." Sad to say "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries" never made it onto Fox. We'll have to console ourselves with the comic book adaptations of "Screw," "Of Hunan Bondage," "Wild Asses of the Kush," and "Tomb with a View."

Lester Dent never had these problems.