An adventure-seeking rockstar surgeon drives through the eighth dimension... it could only happen in the 80s.
The truth is, I was enjoying the movie until a character (not a main one) decided it was necessary to say God-d***, which is the forbidden word in my world. If I can avoid it, I will, because my Heavenly Father is more important to me than a movie. Prior to the word of death, the movie was strange and interesting. It was one of those films where you sit there thinking...
"I don't know what's going on... but I like it."
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was released in 1984 and stars Peter Weller as the infamous Buckaroo Banzai, the rockstar surgeon who decides to challenge the space-time continuum.
The film, which also stars John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum, is classified as a comedy, adventure, and romance with a dash of science-fiction.
Without giving too much away, the plot goes something like this... Buckaroo Banzai and his band of misfits, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, have to battle the alien lifeforms from the eight dimension and [SPOILER ALERT!] the brown invaders aren't shaking hands and muttering, "We come in peace."
W.D. Richter directed and the story was written by Earl Mac Rauch. The film is rated PG.
The story itself was strange to say the least, but there was something incredibly intriguing about a man named Buckaroo battling brown aliens from another dimension. If you like a movie on the weirder side, you'll probably enjoy the storyline.
The cinematography was amateur-hour compared to the movies that are being produced, but for an 80s flick it was about average. The overall coloring was warm with a lot of orange and red tones taking over the screen.
The writing is surprisingly well-done, but character development is lacking. The dialogue is crisp and realistic, but by the middle of the film Buckaroo Banzai is still a mystery. I'm the kind of person that enjoys getting to know the characters, but hiding certain aspects of Banzai's personality could have been a stylistic choice.
Kids probably won't enjoy this wacky 80s adventure film, but parents might enjoy the blast from the past. If you're a fan of watching unconventional classics, this could be the film for you.
Time for the rating... before the unfortunate GD incident, I would have given Buckaroo 7.5 out of 10 stars. It was hilariously awkward and unlike anything I've ever seen.
We're going to the eighth dimension... Keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times. No flash photography. Hold onto your valuables and make sure to check all belongings before leaving the dimension. If we bring anything back with us... well, let's just say that could be a sticky situation.