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THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, 1984
Movie Review

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THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, 1984
Movie Review
Directed by W.D. Richter
Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow
Review by The Movie Whore



SYNOPSIS:

Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.

REVIEW:

The epitome of what a B-Movie should be. Buckaroo is an adventure hero who lists his occupations as Neurosurgeon, Physicist and Rock Star. He has just perfected his oscillation over thruster which allows him drive his rocket powered truck right through a mountain. Instead of going through the mountain he actually opened a door way to the 8th dimension and traveled through it. One problem, the 8th dimension is a prison for the evil Red Lectroids from planet 10 and now the Black Lectroids are going to destroy the earth unless Buckaroo can stop the Red leader, John Warfin.

Peter Weller leads an all star cast before they were stars. The movie opens with Buckaroo finishing up a brain surgery in which he says “You can check your anatomy all you want, and even though there may be normal variation, when it comes right down to it, this far inside the head it all looks the same. No, no, no, don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to..”

From here Buckaroo is off to test his rocket truck. Yes I said rocket truck. Only Buckaroo has other things to test. He has recently perfected his oscillation over thruster which will allow him to open a doorway into solid matter to travel through other dimensions. It appears to everyone else that he drove straight through a mountain but he in fact crossed over into the 8th dimension.

After his successful test of the over thruster the only thing left to do is get to the gig for Buckaroo Bonzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers, his rock band. During the concert Buckaroo notices a pretty woman crying in the audience and sings a song just for her. Again we get a classic line that I have overused over the years. “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” The already depressed Penny decides to fire a gun trying to kill herself but is unable to got through with it. She is of course is arrested for trying to shoot Buckaroo.

Buckaroo goes to the jail to bail her out because she looks just like his dead wife. That and every hero story needs a Pretty Penny for our hero to save at some point. By the time Buckaroo bails her out he has received a package from the Black Lectroids of planet Ten. In the package is a message. It unveils that the 8th dimension is the prison for the evil Red Lectriods and that there leader John Warfin who has been trapped on earth must be destroyed or they will destroy the earth.

Enter John Lithgow who is better at playing crazy then most actors. John Warfin is obsessed with getting his hands on the over thruster do that he may release his brothers form the 8th dimension and take them home to exact revenge on the Black Lectroids that imprisoned them.

As you have been reading this I am sure you have been thinking, “WTF?” but have faith my friends as horrible as it has sounded this flick is quite entertaining. It is full of memorable one liners and the performances are a joy to watch. You don’t think The Movie Whore would recommend something that is not entertaining do you, of course not.

Over the course of the film you watch one strange thing after another and you can’t stop yourself from giggling at some of the most ridiculous things you have ever seen. Let me put this way. My Grandmother saw this movie one night with my parents when she in her 70’s and loved the movie from beginning to end. I first saw this movie when I was a kid and now own a DVD copy of it that I throw in once in awhile to remind me why I love this movie.

If you like a certain amount of cheese with your movies, then Buckaroo Bonzai will not disappoint. Have a good one Kids.

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