Saturday, November 25, 2006
Lets talk cult movies for a minute. Buckaroo showed up in 1984. Now I remember enjoying it, but my husband ENOYED it. And apparently it has left a lasting impression on many people over the years. The movie had an amazing cast. Peter Weller was our hero, Dr. Banzai. John Lithgow was the fabulous comic archetype villian, Ellen Barkin was our spunky damsel in distress, and Jeff Goldblum played New Jersey one of Banzai's trusty crew. I think the funnest aspect of the film, and what no doubt contributed to its lousy results in the theatres, was that it just jumped into the film and acted like it assumed we all knew who everyone was and the back story. You got the sense that this was just part of a long story that MUST be still out there. Many have likened it to Doc Savage. I think the movie nods its head at least, to the old serialized adventures like Flash Gordon and Buck Rodgers. Wikipedia says it best: "The plot of Buckaroo Banzai is quite complex, often requiring multiple viewings before it can be fully understood. This is partly due to the fact that it spans roughly 50 years, begins in the middle of the story, and doesn't fill in some of the earliest parts of the story until the viewpoint characters themselves unravel the mystery — roughly halfway through the movie. In its essentials, the plot concerns the efforts of the multi-talented Buckaroo Banzai (whose careers include physicist, neurosurgeon, martial artist, rock musician and comic book hero) to save the world by defeating a band of aliens called Red Lectroids." It asks a lot of its audience, so if you are not into the genre, you are probably NOT going to give it a chance. I just thought it fun, quircky film, that did not take itself very seriously.