Project 400 In 365 # 6: Spaceballs

In Movie Reviews on October 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm


I wanted to watch this movie for reason only: to see if it holds up. I remembered this film to be hysterically funny when I last watched it, but that had been about 10 years ago.  So it was time to see if the movie stands the test of time, and can but put into the “masterpiece” category of some of Mel Brook’s other films (Young Frankenstien being at the top of that list for me).

Sadly, it doesn’t.  Yes, there are parts of this movie that are downright laugh riot.  The problem is, those parts are the ONLY enjoyable element to the movie.  Many of the gags that were so funny when you first see the film fall flat on repeated viewings (Pizza The Hut being the biggest one for me).  There are simply not enough high points to match the abundance of low points.

For starters, the acting is just terrible in this movie. If it did not have Mel Brooks name on it, this film would have to be considered one of the worst acted movies in history.  Bill Pullman is sleep walking through his line delivery, and even Brooks himself is almost unwatchable in most scenes.  But the worst part of the entire viewing experience is Joan Rivers.  She is so bad in her role, I was tempted to stop watching the movie several times because I just could not take it  anymore.

Luckily, there are two exceptional performances which kept me laughing enough to continue the viewing.  John Candy is so good as the sidekick to Bill Pullman, I kept thinking to myself the entire movie should have just been him with….Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet.  Moranis delivers his lines so effortlessly and with such great timing, you have to wonder if he was going off a script, or simply making it up as the filming went.  There are parts  where I had to pause the playback because I was laughing so hard at him.

Unfortunately, there was not enough Dark Helmet to make up for the weak performances of everyone else.

A very disappointing 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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