Monday, July 2, 2012

Buckaroo Banzai: Dealbreaker!

We all have our peccadilloes, our quirks, our personal limits. Sometimes you don't know what they are until they appear like a bad mirage in your relationship. I recently discovered one of mine, namely that I could never fully forgive a mate who didn't appreciate the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! as much I did. I never knew it would come down to this until I discovered that neither Husband-cat nor Eeyore had seen the sheer genius that is Buckaroo Banzai.

We sat down to watch the movie and I was more nervous about Husband-cat's reception of it than I was before Baby Flails-a-lot was born. I saw BB in the 80's, when crazy sci-fi adventure comedies made perfect sense and no one knew anything about science (well, I didn't). Also, Buckaroo Banzai's world represented one I wanted to live in. Here's the pitch: a physicist/neurosurgeon/rock star (the perfect man!) and his cadre of superhero buddies vs red aliens from the 8th dimension led by John Lithgow? Yep, sign me up.

In the end, Husband-cat loved, LOVED, it and immediately started quoting the good bits (anything John Lithgow says) while Eeyore gave it his "meh" of middling approval -- necessary in the face of my rabid fandom -- but since Eeyore's opinion wouldn't cause me to get a divorce I let him live.

This movie is still the greatest 80s movie of all time. I'll take it against all comers. The reason for its greatness is in the perfection of the world it creates and the complete commitment of the characters. No self-reflective 90's bullshit, just complete commitment to a bizarro version our world. John Lithgow is especially demented and awesome and I will watch anything he ever does.

Looking online, I found a must-see video for all other Buckaroo Banzai fans. There was a special screening at the New York Film Festival where Kevin Smith introduced the film and talked about its importance and freakin' Peter Weller and John Lithgow talked about filming and answered questions. There are so many funny and touching moments. Who knew Peter Weller was a genius? Or that Christopher Lloyd is the scion of an incredibly wealthy and aristocratic family (talk about black sheep)? John Lithgow went to Harvard and is a Fulbright Scholar? Yeah. Watch the video.

(This vid is from the front row and is a little jittery, but you can see their expressions better. Longer intro by Kevin Smith/Peter Weller & more stationary camera angle here)

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