This classic movie is in a category all it’s own for me. My favorite! I have seen this movie easily hundreds of times and have laughed and laughed at all the inside jokes and spoofs on countless movies; Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, and many others.
The movie starts out with the wedding of Princess Vespa, played by Daphne Zuniga. She is to wed the only prince left in the galaxy, Prince Valium, played by Jim J. Bullock. (He is hilarious as he yawns through the whole scene.) Her matron of honor is Dot Matrix, a quick witted female version of C-3PO, voiced by Joan Rivers. Her father, King Roland, is played by Dick van Patton. The movie gets going when she flees her wedding with Dot Matrix and they make their escape in her ship.
After this, we are introduced to Lone Starr, played by Bill Pullman, and Barf the Maug, (Half man, half dog), played by John Candy. By the way, I have to give kudos to Mel Brooks for having Bon Jovi “Raise Your Hands” blasting in the background while we are introduced to Barf, snacking on dog treats. Barf is the brains of the pair, and makes a good Cowardly Lion when needed. These two are summoned by King Roland to rescue his runaway daughter. Another character to watch out for is Pizza the Hut! He is gross, but ridiculously funny with the melting cheese oozing down his face.
The journey is full of puns, one-liners and side splitting special effects. The chemistry between all the characters adds to the never ending supply of humor and laughs. You will lose count on how many famous movies Mel Brooks spoofs! You will shake your head in disbelief that he put a famous scene from Aliens in the same movie that is spoofing Dorothy and Toto!
I will say, Lone Starr makes a wonderful mix of Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo and the Scarecrow all mixed in one. Poor Princess Vespa can’t live without her hairdryer, and she is forced to leave it behind in the sand after they crash on a desert planet. (A planet that could be cousins with Tatooine.) Lone Starr wears a medallion around his neck that holds the key to his birth, but couldn’t find anyone who could read it; until he met the all knowing, wise Yogurt! (Just plain Yogurt.) Yogurt not only helped Lone Starr hone his ‘Schwartz’ skills by having him levitate a stone statue of Yogurt, that resembled the Wizard in the Emerald City, but also taught him that the key to any movie is… merchandising! (Spaceballs the Flamethrower!)
Lord Dark Helmet, played by Rick Moranis, and his crew capture Princess Vespa after a complete ‘combing of the desert’. Dark Helmet even tells us that he hates Yogurt, even with strawberries! President Skroob (Mel Brooks) wants to hold Princess Vespa for ransom to steal all the air from Planet Druidia. (You see scenes of President Skroob reaching into his drawer and taking out a can of Perri Air to sniff.) They used up all the clean air on their planet, so they have resorted to stealing all of Planet Druidia’s clean air to survive. You will absolutely love the combination to open the hatch to access the air for Planet Druidia. I won’t tell you! You will just have to watch and listen!
If you are a fan of Mel Brooks, then this is a must see for you over and over again. What other movie do you have a chase scene and the stunt doubles are the ones caught? This movie is absolutely hilarious! It is a 96 minute roller coaster of laughs that will have you holding your sides from laughing so hard! I wish I could tell you all the jokes and their references, but that would ruin the fun! In the many, many times I have seen it, I still laugh out loud at the fact that Lone Starr ‘jammed’ Lord Dark Helmet’s radar! (When you see the movie, you will know what I am talking about.) Colonel Sanders, Dark Helmet’s right hand man, will have you laughing, too. The whole cast is wonderful, and in my opinion, there isn’t a dry moment in the movie. (Okay, it is pretty ‘dry’ when they are begging for water, and oil, in the desert sequence, but that is funny, too. Especially when Lone Starr flumps down into the sand and you hear the thud of his head actually hit the sand. I wonder if he had a headache after that scene!)
There are too many classic moments to fit in this review, so check out the links below and get a copy for you. It is my favorite movie and hopefully it will be yours, too. Enjoy!