For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Spoof/Parody Movies, here’s a review of Spaceballs (1987) by Me
Thanks again to Ashleigh of The Movie Oracle for choosing this month’s genre.
In case you missed any of this month’s reviews, here’s a recap:
- Superfast! (2015) – Darren
- Ingrid Goes West (2017) – Keith
- Galaxy Quest (1999) – Jane
- Galaxy Quest (1999) – Debra
- The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) – Rob
- Spaceballs (1987) – Ghezal
- Spaceballs (1987) – Rob
In addition, I watched and reviewed 4 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, none of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Simon of Moustache Movie News and it is Road Trip Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of December by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Simon!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 22 Sep 2001, 12 Sep 2013 and 28 Nov 2017)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – After having squandered the air of their planet, the inhabitants of the planet Spaceball decide to kidnap a princess from another planet in order to steal the code to the planet Druidia and take their air from them.
My Take on it –I have always lauded Mel Brooks as a comic genius and this film is IMHO his best effort among his many parodies.
He is able to do such an amazing job parodying both Star Wars and Star Trek franchise so perfectly.
Brooks’ typical spoof humor works so well here and it is always so much fun watching it all play out while also trying to guess what each scene or ‘bit’ is parodying.
The characters are great and I loved the way they kept breaking the fourth wall and talk to the audience.
This helps make us feel as if we are right there with them as things are happening.
The cast is spectacular with Brooks playing two pivotal characters, Bill Pullman as the hero, Daphne Zuniga as the damsel, John Candy as Pullman’s sidekick and Rick Moranis as the silly commander of the evil forces.
It always amazes me how much they were bale to get right in this spoof making it feel as if it’s part of one or both of the franchises mentioned earlier.
There seem to be no real limits to the vast humor in the mind of Brooks and his colleagues.
It’s too bad he didn’t make many other movies following this one.
Lots of great cameos that one needs to look out for.
Bottom Line – My favorite Brooks comedy because he does such a wonderful job of parodying both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises so well. Typical Brooks humor works wonders here and it’s so much fun watching it all. The characters also constantly break the 4th wall and talk to us which makes us feel (in this instance) as if we are right there with them. Spectacular cast with Brooks himself playing two pivotal roles, Pullman playing the hero, Candy his sidekick and Moranis as the evil commander searching for the princess. Amazing how Brooks was able to get so much right here and should be a favorites for most sci-fi fans. There are no limits and Brooks and his writers make so much fun of just about anything you could thing of in this genre; the good, the bad and the silly. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which Dark Helmet is playing with his dolls was not in the script. Writer and Director Mel Brooks came up with the idea on the set one day, and told it to Rick Moranis, who then improvised the entire scene, including the dialogue. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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