January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #39 of the 49.
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“[after finding that the ‘Self Destruct Cancellation’ button has yet to be installed] Out of order? F*ck! Even in the future nothing works! ” – Dark Helmet
Initial Viewing Memories – I recall seeing this movie in the theater in June 1987 with family friends and the father got so upset at us after the movie because we kept quoting the a**hole scene all the way home.
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 22 Sep 2001, 12 Sep 2013, 28 Nov 2017, 17 Mar 2021 and 25 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A race of being known as Spaceballs decide to steal the air from their neighboring planet after they have depleted their own.
My Take on it – Such a great sci-fi parody that gets so much right.
Mel Brooks is a comic genius and knows how to find the perfect points to parody from many sci-fi films including the Star Wars, Star Trek and even Planet of the Apes series’.
The characters are great and work so well within the scenarios presented here and constantly make the viewer laugh because of the way it all plays out.
The cast is superb with Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel BRooks and Joan Rivers all adding so much to the story with their characters.
The plot itself also works really well and makes sense within the context of the story.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Mel Brooks, George Lucas loved this movie, and wrote him a letter after its premiere, saying he thought he was going to bust something from laughing so hard. Lucas also told Brooks had he not chosen to parody Star Wars, this movie would have succeeded as a great adventure movie. Brooks said he was extremely flattered by Lucas’s compliments and support. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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