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Aug 04

Spaceballs

spaceballsGenre: Comedy / Sci-Fi
Year: 1987
Country: USA

aka: Spaceballs: The Video

Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga

 

May the farce be with you!

 

Planet Spaceballs is in big trouble after nearly wasting away all its air. President Skroob has hacked out a plan to kidnap Princess Vespa, the daughter of King Roland from planet Druidia and blackmail the King to give him the access code to the planet so he can vacuum up the air from the peaceful planet.

King Roland contacts the space cowboy Lone Starr and his faithful companion Barf to save the princess and stop Skroob and his evil spaceballs once and for all. On their journey, Lone Starr learns about the power of the Schwartz, a critical skill to bring them to victory and save the princess.

Spaceballs is a science fiction parody done by the comedy master Mel Brooks. It mainly spoof the Star Wars trilogy, but also finds space to include films such as Alien, Planet of the Apes and of course the Star Trek TV show.

This film has a high nostalgic value for me since it was one of the films I saw the most when I was a little kid. I had no idea what it was parodying and I didn’t care, it was funny as hell. That’s actually a good feature for a parody, that it works as film without you knowing the material it is spoofing. Of course today I know of the films it is making fun of and I still find it highly enjoyable.

The film is very silly and I had some reservations if I should even see it again as an adult since it sometimes is better to just let the nostalgic memories untainted. I think it still works if you just accept right from the start that it is supposed to be silly. It does nail the spoofing of the Star Wars universe very well, from the beginning of the larger than large spaceship, to the merchandising of the franchise and of course the character of Dark Helmet. Fans of the Star Wars saga should find plenty of stuff to have fun with here, unless they take the series too serious and can’t find it in themselves to laugh at it a little.

The acting is kind of strange and perhaps done that way on purpose. Even so, I actually like Bill Pullman’s Lone Starr character more than I ever did like Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars. Princess Vespa, played by the lovely Daphne Zuniga might not be a tough one like Princess Leia, but she is good eyecandy. Rick Moranis is great as Dark Helmet, perhaps some of the best stuff I have seen him do actually. And since it is the 80’s, Michael Winslow aka. the guy with the funny voice sounds, shows up to provide som additional laughter.

Spaceballs is a sci-fi parody that still works very well today, although you have to accept that there will be 80’s silliness when going into it. I still had a hell of a good time watching it today and will definitely revisit it again in the upcoming years.

 

 ★★★½☆ 

 

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