The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) - Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Hohum Score

5

Breathtaking

Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: W.D. Richter
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 31 out of 221 found boring (14.02%)

One-line Reviews (101)

No, this movie is rambling, pointlessly oddball, plotless, and just too too long.

Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, and Christopher Lloyd - who else could successfully mix neurosurgery, 80's clothes (the only cliché characteristic of the movie) and a Rock Band into a Sci-Fi plot?

It was stupid and it was boring, which is about the worst thing a film can be.

I don't know what I just watched, and I hate myself for loving such a complete waste of time!

It's indefinable, which is fine as a standalone film that embraces irreverence, but the cost is confusion.

The film is (negatively) a rambling, disjointed pastiche of pseudo-hip, sci-fi/comic book inspired shenanigans that (positively) manages to generate inordinate amounts of charm and wonder through its fortuitous collusion of eccentric story line (battling aliens; a deeply depressed damsel-in-distress, (Penny Priddy); the actual Hong Kong Cavaliers honing their rock and roll chops; Buckaroo himself, pushing his new jet car- with the incredible Oscillation Overthruster -through the forbidding regions of the 8th dimension) and the glowing charisma of the actors at play: John Lithgow's Dr. Lizardo is hilarious and ingenious.

I however find it incredibly enjoyable & hope above hopes that the rumors I've heard of the sequel finally being made are true!

BUCKAROO BANZAI has an inescapable charm that makes everything about it surprisingly enjoyable despite its absurd premise, a plot that asks a lot of its audience (and places them right in the middle of things with very little warning), and the balls to expect you to either be along for the ride or make room for someone else.

It really seems like something you would see on mystery science theater, but oddly enough I have to admit I kind of enjoyed it a little.

It's pointless to try to sum up the plot in this brief review; suffice to say that lots of things happen for no real reason, some interesting, some not.

There's an inside edge to it that gets you excited when you run into a fellow Bonzai fan -- all the more intriguing because you get to compare notes on any jokes you may have missed.

I HIGHLY recommend it!

I saw this movie for the first time a few days ago and I thought it was pretty weird and silly, but still very enjoyable.

Thought it was painfully bad, unfunny, poorly written, awfully scored, stilted, dated, poorly executed and tiresome.

The last person I dated loved it, and of the handful of uninteresting films I sat through for her sake, this took the cake.

I kept expecting it to pick up speed, but it just kept getting duller throughout.

their course of conversation variates from ordinary guy talk and dull observation to strangely conceived notions that sound like something out of Dr. Seuss.

Bland except for when they rip off David Cronenberg.

All it did for me was make me sleepy.

Dull beyond belief.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen!

It is light-hearted, inoffensive, and action packed.

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.

And the direction and approach is equally exciting: rather than annoy us with underfinanced special effects that pretend to be Lucasfilm quality, the director revels in his low budget, using conk shells as models for space ships and populating alien ship interiors with tubes, pipes, rods and duct tape.

Lithgow and Lloyd both ham it up really well to make their characters more lively and engaging than the rest of them.

It is still unwatchable.

The credits are some of the most memorable and enjoyable I have seen.

I was really bored.

If you're looking for a predictable film, do not watch this .

We soon find out he has mastered driving a car through mountains- since, you know, they are loaded with empty spaces and the particles are just so tiny to bother with- and has discovered an alien being, all of this in New Jersey.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai is quirky, but its too random, disjointed, and unfunny to be worth watching.

Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of campy, bad, B movies, but this thing is unbearable.

Surreal, confusing, non-sensical, great actors, plot holes.. Sci-fi?

Unwatchable--worst movie ever .

And in this case, it's as real and exciting as it gets.

Buckaroo Banzai can be very enjoyable for children.

A warning to anyone expecting an entertaining movie.

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is filled with long, boring still shots of inanimate objects and other things completely unrelated to the plot.

I thought that the deadpan style Peter Weller used was ideal; in part because he's such a great foil and in part because ludicrous dialogue is best delivered very dry and straight.

There are 2 actors in the movie who actually feel enjoyable to watch.

Dramatic entertainment should be exciting and interesting.

The opening credit graphics, and Music by Michael Boddicker, set a rousing tone for a grand, comic book style adventure.

Excruciatingly boring .

It's not often that a movie so offbeat, so smart and so unexpected can also leave an impression on you so that you seek it out every opportunity you can.

Just a lot of odd characters, some of them in rubber suits, and agonizingly slow action and dry, overacted dialogue.

The movie is full of bad puns and cliché responses...

that's the way this oddball 1984 sci fi comedy juxtaposes the mundane and everyday with the impossibility of much science oriented speculation.

And that's just an example of the many, many finer and detailed elements Richter uses to make this film so enjoyable and successful, from consistently funny verbal exchanges to broad physical humor, all interspersed with the action and woven seamlessly into the story.

It was and is just plain freaking boring; no sense of charm or wit.

But this film is a gem, amusing, entertaining and full of turns and twists which add up to a fun time, well worth the price of the ticket I paid of the cost of a video or DVD.

Buckaroo Banzai is a rock star, brilliant scientist who invented the oscillation overthruster which allows him to travel into solid matter since most solid matter is simply empty space.

I cannot describe the utter boredom that I felt.

Jeff Goldblum was, at that time, always fascinating to behold.

Enjoyable by anyone who knows they're a fanboy.

If you're a fan of the film, you'll love the DVD even more for the background details it provides about the characters themselves - it puts an entirely new perspective and depth on the experience that makes it even more enjoyable.

With the exception of Jeff Goldblum they are rather bland characters .

Just a bunch of boring characters parading around trying to advance a plot that doesn't make any sense.

This has to be one of the most original , bizarre and unpredictable movies I have seen.

It must be fascinating for a child to see this weird scenario.

In his lab he perfects a device for travelling through solid matter on the pretext that 'solid matter' is in fact 80% empty space.

It is kooky, unpredictable, full of fun, does not take itself too seriously and has a lot of great people.

First of all, Peter Weller gives a stunning performance as the main character Buckaroo Banzai, an archetypical "Renaissance Man" whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas.

Everybody is fun to watch, with Weller thoroughly engaging as the game-for- anything Buckaroo, a man destined from birth to be something special.

No need now to say how Earl Mac Rauch's script has so special atmosphere, before being entertaining.

Still, the many facets of the story remain intriguing and Michael Boddicker's synthesized music is majestic and buoyant.

An engaging and hip spoof of sci-fi super hero genre.

I'm hard put to either like or dislike the film either way, but when push comes to shove my feelings tell me that this film flopped miserably for a reason - it is un-engaging, except for those "hip" few who are willing to jump along for the ride, no matter where the film takes them.

Best worst movie ever .

Upshot is that I found it to be so over the top as to be genuinely entertaining.

This has so many "future stars" at the beginning of their careers (John Lithgow, Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown, Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya) that it's worth watching for that alone.

This in-your-face line up of top class actors gives the viewer the setup for a incredibly entertaining movie in which the action and comedy never seems to stop, never ceases to be interesting and more importantly: remains plausible.

It's enthralling and entertaining, and will keep you laughing and involved no matter how many times you see it.

On the villainous front, John Lithgow turns in an acid-addled performance as Lizardo, but again, it's just over the top weirdness that fails to be very engaging.

Ellen Barkin's first appearance in the night club where her suicide attempt is misinterpreted as a assassination attempt is a example of the cynical detachment in which this film perceives life's unpredictable chain of events as either ironic or amusing.

If this does not endear you to it, then don't waste your time!

That disappoints me because I thought the material in another directors hands might have made a hugely entertaining sequel (i.

Still it's wildly entertaining in the most non-contrived offbeat humor I can think of in the genre.

As it is, he's still the most memorable and enjoyable character in the whole thing.

But in the given case, it is rather difficult to develop a caring for any of them, for what we mostly get to see are boring dialogs, completely at a loss of any emotion, and some cheesy action scenes, that I have seen children play with more suspense.

The only predictable part of the movie is Jeff Goldblum, who ALWAYS plays himself.

At least worth watching for Weller's rendition of the Skyliner's classic "Since I Don't Have You".

) The frantic pace of this action packed masterpiece which culminates in a battle with Banzai allied with a Rastafarian space alien against the inter-dimensional villain Lord Whorfin, may be a little too extreme for most audiences.

such is the mind numbingly mundane and matter of fact merits of one of the 1980's most curious farces.

I'm currently unable to either confirm or deny whether this movie is worth watching.

Some boring sheet of course because we cannot expect to see whatever we ac it wasn't such a great movie to actors with stupid special effects were so then we know what to expect when expecting more the whole science fiction thing is of course totally gone it's very boring we don't know what to say baby I just felt

This movie managed to maintain a recognizable plot while parodying a whole genre of stories with little or no plot.

It's a bore otherwise.

I remember seeing this with a friend in 84 and the theatre wasalmost empty.

Yes, it has it's faults (the characters are almost all 2 dimensional, and too many things come at you at once), but after several viewings, many of the gags that seem confusing at first become obvious.

Boring times 10.

What was particularly neat was when they noted that all matter is mostly empty space due to the spinning of the atoms (which presumably makes it possible to travel through the matter).

Uninteresting plot twists develop, eventually going up the wall and out of any reason, and production quality seems to lose a few notches.

Which isn't to say that The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai yada yada yada is a bad film, just too pretentious & too incowprehensible for its own good.

Ellen Barkin is particularly fetching as Penny Priddy, while Jeff Goldblum stakes out his turf with an engaging feverishness that is all his own.

yawn .

Then, more recently saw it again (My family has it on DVD) it still was a wonderful movie, funny, exciting, and full of "eye candy".

' Working from the highly imaginative, clever and detailed screenplay by Earl Mac Rauch, Richter has fashioned and delivered a colorful and exciting adventure filled with subtle humor, the unexpected and an array of outrageous characters, from Whorfin and the Lectroids (all of whom have the first name `John'), to Buckaroo's cohorts like `Perfect Tommy (Lewis Smith)' and New Jersey (Jeff Goldblum), to the alluring, mysterious woman Buckaroo encounters, Penny Priddy (Ellen Barkin).

I get the whole snappy dialog and outfits.

unbearable .

Disjointed, yes.

I can see it appealing to teens and children, but underlying the silliness is an engaging, adult sensibility.