Neurosurgeon/Rock Star/Superhero Buckaroo has perfected the oscillation overthruster, which allows him to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension, but the Red Lectroids from Planet 10 are after this device for their own evil ends.
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionDirected byW.D. Richter
Great fun from start to finish. This isn't one of the easiest movies to get a handle on, it really doesn't seem to care if you get it or not, and I'll admit that it took me a few viewings to really appreciate it.
But if John Lithgow's Dr. Lizardo doesn't delight you, you should have your delight circuits checked.
I'm not surprised that W.D. Richter also worked on Big Trouble in Little China. There are enough absurdities here to rival Carpenter's film, but I found this one a little less engaging. It was definitely funny, but it hasn't aged as well as some other movies from the era like Time Bandits. Overall, well worth watching, if just for the dreadlocked Jamaican aliens.
I wanted to like this more, problem is the universe the film creates doesn't let you get into it. We really don't know any of the characters, so the situations they live are not that engaging. It might need another view.
Giving this a light three. It is kinda fun and zany and all over the place which I guess is the point. However, all the messing around with archetypes, tropes and conventions does not add up to much in the end. What should have been a warm and engaging mess of a film ends up sort of cold and "trying-to-damn-hard".
This is a treat. This is a film that you won't understand the first two or three times you watch it, but you'll start to get it after that. And you'll fall in love with all its little quirks and manners, and you'll cry that we never got that sequel where Buckaroo was gonna fight the World Crime League, because the world lost something important there.
In conclusion, if God were a film, this would be the closest.
It's a lot of fun but not everyone will like this. It's got a great cast and they all seem like they are having a blast throughout the film. Buckaroo Banzai does not take it self seriously at all and thats what I love about it.