Film: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

4/2/11

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is one of the most original, bizarre and brilliant films ever made...in my opinion!  It’s a shame that it’s also one of the most criminally unheard of. This 80s sci-fi movie has loads of quirky, unforgettable characters and scenes, which are further accentuated by witty dialogue and endless action, adventure and surprises. 

You will definitely dig this film if you’re into any of the following: rock stars, dark matter physics, samurais, aliens, very fast cars, cowboys, unconventional humor, crazy German scientists, brain surgery, and super powered Jamaicans. Pretty out of this world, huh? 

And as you can imagine, this movie is definitely not for everyone. You’ll either love and embrace Buckaroo Banzai (played by Peter Weller) or stick the DVD in the microwave.  I hope it’s the first.  
 
Besides, where the hell else will you find a main character who is a scientist, neurosurgeon and rock n' roll superstar all rolled into one?  
 
If you liked Back To The Future or Robocop, you’ll be in heaven. Warning: it may take more than 1 view to capture all the originality and genius, as the jokes are somewhat profound that you have to pay close attention.
 
Some of my favorite quotes: “…Remember, wherever you go...there you are,” and “We are not in the Eighth dimension, we are over New Jersey. Hope is not lost.”
 
And speaking of casting…The casting agent for this film gets a total gold star for spotting early acting talent.  We’re talking 1984 here yo.  In Buckaroo Banzai you’ll witness some of the first and early roles of Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow and even Christopher Lloyd.  Awesome casting.
 
Some the best and memorable quotes:
 
Lord John Whorfin: May I pass along my congratulations for your great interdimensional breakthrough. I am sure, in the miserable annals of the Earth, you will be duly enshrined. 
 
Lord John Whorfin: Laugh a-while you can monkey boy...I’m a-going home!’
 
Alien John BigBootee: It's John BigBootaaay....Boo-TAAYY!
 
Mission Control:  Buckaroo, The White House wants to know is everything ok with the alien space craft from Planet 10 or should we just go ahead and destroy Russia? / Buckaroo Bonazai: Tell him yes on one and no on two / Mission Control: Which one was yes, go ahead and destroy Russia... or number 2? 
 
Oh and I’m still waiting for the sequel! W.D. Richter, you PROMISED in the last scene of the film, the sequel was coming - Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League.  Hopefully good things come to those who wait...even if it’s going on 25 + years.
 
John Lithgow plays Lord John Whorfin:

 
Synopsis
 
Buckaroo Bonzai is a rock star, particle physicist, neurosurgeon, among other things. He’s invented and perfected, with his long term collaborator Dr. Hikita (Robert Ito), the Oscillation Overthruster, a type of ‘Flux Capacitor’ that allows a person to travel through actual solid matter and emerge on the opposite side unharmed.  
 
While Buckaroo’s successful traveling through a mountain, he brings an unwanted hitchhiker back with him, and discovers a strange piece of organic matter attached underneath his vehicle, along with (much like in ‘They Live’) the new ability to see the aliens (with his own eyes) that are already on earth.
 
And…all the aliens by the way are named ‘John’ by the way.  
 
These aren’t just any aliens…they are known as the Red Lectroids from Planet 10 and are after the Overthruster for their own evil agenda.
 
Earth’s survival now depends on Buckaroo Banzai and The Hong Kong Cavaliers (his team of scientists and Buckaroo’s rock band mates as well).
 
Together with a few good willed alien creatures (which look very much like Jamaicans) they must stop alien invasion and possible planet destruction from his long term nemesis, the evil Lord John Warfin (played brilliantly by John Lithgow), who’s just escaped from a criminally insane ward, in ally with the aliens.