Mel Brooks did a sci-fi spoof a couple of decades ago.
How did he do?
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Mel Brooks as President Skroob and Yogurt
Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet
Bill Pullman as Lone Starr
Daphne Zuniga as Princess Vespa
John Candy as Barf
George Wyner as Colonel Sandurz
Joan Rivers as the voice of Dot Matrix
Dick van Patten as King Roland
Written by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan and Ronny
Directed by Mel Brooks
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A roguish hero and his beastly companion must rescue a
her golden robot companion from the forces of evil,
who happen to wear
large, dark helmets.
John Hurt’s cameo.
The emergency exit door.
How original can a satire get, especially
when there are so
many satires of the same source material? Well,
though it’s not the
first or last, it’s probably the best, due in part to
the fact that
some moments are funny without depending on satirical
give it 3 out of 6.
The effects were bad, possibly on purpose. I
give it 3 out
The story had a fairly smooth inclusion of
from Star Wars to Star Trek to The Wizard of Oz. It’s
funny in several places. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting is even worse than the effects. I
give it 2 out
The emotional response is pretty good. It’s
though not nearly as funny as it seemed when I was
young and more
immature. It does tend to get tired and drag a bit
toward the end, as
satires can do. I give it 4 out of 6.
The production was fairly good when it came
to sets, music,
and costuming. Things like cinematography and editing
would have been
better though. (Vespa’s original nose should have
been in the
original shot, the editing should have been tighter
near the end,
etc.) I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it’s an amusing spoof that’s worth
seeing, if not
worth hunting down. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Spaceballs receives 25 out of 42.