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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension back to product details

This is one film that hasn't aged well.
written by CPoltJones July 7, 2005 - 11:49 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I first saw this movie in the theaters when it was released. I wasn't too impressed then, and 20 years later find it no better on the second viewing. There are a few choice moments, but very few. The overall screenplay is quite fractured and weak, appearing to be a patchwork effort. Two thirds of the way through, I just gave up and hit the fast forward button out of morbid curiousity to make sure I didn't miss anything interesting. I didn't. It's not good science fiction. The hipness factor is nonexistent, although Jeff Goldblum's character is so over the top it does offer a slight redemption amidst an otherwise tedious viewing experience. Place this one towards the bottom of your wish list. I can recommend it only when the well is starting to run dry.

premium camp at it's serious best
written by psychodrama311 May 13, 2003 - 7:35 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
not much to add to the previous review..but i will say banzai is a definite fun film to waste a few hours through. also the dvd contents enough extras to waste a few more. nothing bad about this camp.. all high quality.

A sleeper hit for the ages
written by PotatoesBrowning October 16, 2002 - 7:43 AM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I passed on this film when it first came out in '84: the ad made it look like it was all about light weight goofy dumb fun, something there was an overabundance of in that decade already. How wrong I was! This is one of the smartest movies I can ever remember seeing. What is so remarkable about "Buckaroo" is that it weaves together elements that you might think simply cannot coexist in the same story: hilarity and edginess. Yet while the makers of "Buckaroo" create a sort of warped comic tension, they manage to do so without crossing over into cynicism and snickering, and that's a class act. It seems to me that most film makers and TV producers wait at least ten to fifteen years to lampoon a given decade, but these guys were smart enough to realize back then that there was so much about '80s pop culture that was absolutely bombastic and foolish, they couldn?t wait. Usually we look back on photos of ourselves from the past and groan. In "Buckaroo," it's like all of the participants were already aware of what a silly decade they were stuck in, but could do nothing about it, so they made a movie. Being trapped in that place and time, they chose to simply embrace the '80s without letting it define them. Peter Weller should have won some sort of award for making it through the entire movie with a straight face, John Lithgow is at his absolute maniacal best, and I've lost count of how many jars of Vaseline I've run through staring at Ellen Barkin. Works on a lot of levels for a lot of different people. Glad to see it's emerging as a sleeper hit.


(Average 6.39)
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