Ah, Spaceballs, a Mel Brooks classic. What’s not to like about it? The sci-fi satire, the silly characters, and the whimsical effects just make you want to buy the sequel, don’t they? In this fine little slice of cinema, you’ll see a lone wolf bounty hunter save an entire planet from the clutches of en evil empire, using a mysterious power called the Schwartz that he learns from a little green midget named Yogurt. If that doesn’t cover the tone of the movie, I don’t know what will.
The Spaceballs are a race of humanoids living on a planet with dwindling air. Their President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to fly the Spaceball 1 over to the planet Druidia, kidnap their princess, and ransom her for the planet’s air. After running from her wedding and right into the clutches of the evil Dark Helmet, the princess calls her father in a bother. King Roland (Dick Van Patten) offers Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) one million “space bucks” if he can rescue Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga). He needs the money to pay off their debt to the notorious Pizza the Hut, so he and his half-man half-dog buddy Barf (John Candy) set off to save the princess. That was a lot of names.
On his journey to return the princess to Druidia, Lone Starr and the lot wind up stranded on a desert planet, wandering from dune to dune with dwindling hope. Once everyone has passed out, a group of singing dinkers rescues them and brings them to the lair of Yogurt the Wise, the master of the Schwartz. He inspects the mysterious pendant Lone Starr has held onto since his days as an orphan raised by silent monks in the Ford Galaxy, and gives him a fortune cookie and a fancy Schwartz ring. What mysteries could Yogurt reveal? And why is he breaking the fourth wall by talking about merchandising and Spaceballs 2: The Quest for More Money? You’ll only find an answer to the former.
A lot of the humor is spur of the moment, having nothing to do with the continuity of the movie, but you’re really not meant to care about Lone Starr’s secret past, or the fate of planet Druidia. Rather, you’re meant to have a laugh when Dark Helmet and Colonel Sandurz rent Spaceballs and fast forward to see where Lone Starr and the princess are. Or when the Spaceball 1 goes past light speed and goes plaid as they enter… Ludicrous Speed! Mel Brooks: success. An excellent, silly movie.
Sandy Maynard of CinemaBlend is right when she says it’s hard to rate. Whether you like it or not depends on your sense of humor. If you’re bothered by cheaps sets and lame effects, then you probably have a stick up your bum and should look somewhere else, because Spaceballs is hilarious. Stunt actors captured instead of the main characters? Genius. Take a peek at her review here: http://www.cinemablend.com/dvds/Spaceballs-Collector-s-Edition-970.html