Movie Title: Spaceballs
Actors: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Michael Winslow
Director: Mel Brooks
Method of Viewing: DVD
Location of Viewing: Home
Viewing with: Family
Rotten Tomatoes: 65% – Most jokes have a forced quality, but there’s something gleefully self-aware about them, like the vaudeville comedian whose act consists of telling bad jokes and laughing at them, but doing it all with exquisite timing.
My rating: ***
My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This won’t be a movie I hold in such high regard, but at least it was funny sometimes. The jokes come at you one moment after the other: some set up, some sight gags, some hidden jokes, all thrown at the audience at random. Part of the reason I didn’t think much higher of this movie is because it seemed to shift from one joke to another without giving the audience time to think. Still, the movie avoids getting too annoying, has some rather clever observations and jokes, so it overall comes off as an enjoyable, if a bit strange, movie.
I have very little to say about this movie as it left no specific positive or negative impression with me. All I can say is I usually get a bigger kick out of movies that love to make fun of movie cliches (like the generic troops having horrible aim). However this movie’s jokes ranged from silly childish gags that would fit into a cartoon, to slightly more clever inside jokes for the geeks. I might have preferred the movie more if they had focused on the inside jokes.