Sunday, July 02, 2006

No Matter Where You Go...There You Are

Ok, so I know that this assignment is supposed to be based on movies we are unfamiliar with, but I've decided to take a chance. My reasoning is simple...The majority of people I know or talk to, have never even heard of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984), and I am taking it upon myself to end this insanity.
Buckaroo Banzai(Peter Weller) is the son of a Japanese father and an American mother, he's a brilliant neurosurgeon,physicist, martial arts expert, comic book hero, and rock star. His band, The Hong Kong Cavaliers is a multiracial group who assist Buckaroo in his experiments and crime fighting. The movie begins with the testing of a jet car that Buckaroo and his scientist friend Professor Hikita designed to go through solid rock with their Oscillation Overthruster. Now this type of experiment had been done before, by Dr. Emilio Lizardo (John Lithgow) in the 1930s. A malfunction in the experiment caused Lizardo to seemingly go insane, he now believes he is John Warfin an alien exiled from his planet intent on going home. Lazardo hears news of the working Overthruster and breaks out of the mental hospital and chaos ensues.
Of course, there's always a catch. while Buckaroo enlists the help of his neurosurgeon friend Sidney (Jeff Goldblum in his first movie) and meets an interesting woman (Ellen Barkin)The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. named Penny Pretty, Lizardo and his alien cohorts reunite. The action kicks in when it's revealed that Orson Welles original War of the Worlds radio Broadcast was true, and aliens, all of whom are named John, are living in New Jersey. I don't want to give away any more of the plot.
The point is, with it's very satirical premise, campy characters, and intelligent dialogue, Buckaroo Bonzai is a must see cult classic. If you want to see Jeff Golblum dressed as a cowboy, Peter Weller before Robocop, the late great Vincent Schiavelli at his slimey best, and John Lithgow at his wackiest playing an alien then you must SEE THIS MOVIE!

1 comment:

Will Seemer said...

Holy crap!! The guy from Robocop.