For March 10th- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension

I said it before and I’ll say it again, I am reaching farther and farther into the depths of weird movies that are available to me.  I don’t really know if there is any end in sight at this point.

We continue this journey through The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension, which is quite a long name for a movie that isn’t very long.  Buckaroo chronicles the “Adventures” of a, get this, physicist/ test pilot/neurosurgeon/rock star as he fights off aliens from Planet 10.  Yeah, it sounds crazy when you read it, but it makes more sense in the actual movie, kind of.  The only real problem I couldn’t ignore was the feeling of being an outsider in this strange universe.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A fun and campy little 1980’s sci-fi flick.  Nothing ever really makes sense, but it’s okay.  Make sure you pay attention, otherwise stuff really won’t make sense.

Acting: 1.5/2

Mostly deadpan, even some of the jokes.  The actors still realize that they are in a comedy, which is good.  All of the title characters are great, especially Lloyd, Goldblum, and Lithgow.

Photography/Set: 1/2

The set construction is pretty good, and the photography is up to par, but that’s about it.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

The effects are pretty good for what the movie is.  I can’t imagine that it was super easy to come across funding for a movie this niche.

Misc: 1.5/2

One of the best credits sequences I have seen in the entirety of my life.


Worth a watch, especially for sci-fi comedy nerds. (Dr. Who fans, this means you.  Because you need to see what Buckaroo wears, that’s why!)


About svolkmer

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