Film Thursday: Spaceballs

Film Thursday

Genre: Comedy
Starring: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman
Director: Mel Brooks
Year: 1987

Basically: A very silly but enjoyable old favourite, this spoof film takes on the sci-fi genre.

My husband and I have discovered a new hobby; watching films that were already funny in 1.5x speed. This fast forward viewing achieves two goals. One, it is funnier. Two, it is ideal if you don’t have enough time to watch the whole film in normal speed. We viewed Spaceballs on the PS3 and kept it at 1.5x speed the whole way through.

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The Good:
Like most of Mel Brooks’ films, Spaceballs is an amusing romp. It takes aspects of different sci-fi films to make a tremendous spoof. The story follows the rescue of a princess, with the idea probably originating with the rescue of Princess Leia by Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in A New Hope. But this story is like a cross between fairy tale and sci-fi, which makes it more amusing. The acting is what you would expect of a good spoof – not overtly silly, but obviously not taken too seriously. The film has some wonderful concepts and great jokes. I like the fact that it is enjoyable for children as well as adults, with some of the more adult jokes being completely missed by youngsters. I think that my favourite line from Spaceballs has to be, “You idiots! These are not them. You’ve captured their stunt doubles!”

The Bad:
I would find it very difficult to say anything bad about a Mel Brooks film since it would seem akin to insulting a national treasure. The only thing I will say is that not all of the intended jokes were funny, but that is just down to personal sense of humour. Everyone finds different things funny and Spaceballs keeps a healthy balance of silliness that should appeal to a wide audience.

Overall Rating: 9/10
Plot, Storyline: 8/10
Graphics, Visuals: 9/10 (for the era)
Acting, Characters: 7/10

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