“Once upon a time warp in deep space, the struggle between the nice & the rotten goes on…” starts the rolling introduction to this pop culture spoof on mainstream sci-fi movies, from Star Wars to Planet of the Apes and even Heavy Metal, no one is safe! Featuring a galaxy of stars and veterans from many of the movies in the Mel Brooks franchise, this never movie never ceases to keep up from laughing from beginning to end. Mel Brooks stars as the bumbling President Skroob of planet Spaceballs, as well as the wise alien sage, Yogurt. Skroob and his incompetent henchmen, Colonel Sandurz (George Wyner) and Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). The people of Spaceballs have polluted their air so heavily that they intend to invade the beautiful, peaceful planet of Druidia to steal their fresh air. The thing is, Druidia has its atmosphere locked down, so the Spaceballs are going to have to do something seriously treacherous to get them to open the sky shield.
Down on Druidia, the wedding of Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) and Prince Valium (JM J Bullock) is under way, and Dark Helmet sees this as the opportunity to kidnap the princess to hold her for ransom to get for King Roland (Dick Van Patten) to give them access to open up the shield. Vespa is not wanting to marry the sleepy prince, and bolts out of the temple with her droid attendant, Dot Matrix (Joan Rivers) in tow. She blasts away from Druidia some kind of version of Mercedes-Benz Beverly Hills princess spaceship, but her escape leads her right into the clutches of Sandurz and Dark Helmet. Meanwhile, smuggler Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his best friend, the Mog (man-dog) Barf (John Candy) get a call from the king to find his daughter. Lone Starr and Barf have incurred some big debts in their shady dealings with mobster, Pizza the Hut (Dom Deluise). The call for the rescue operation could not come at a better time, since the boys are going to receive a reward of one million spacebucks to bring the princess home, and this will clear all debts with Pizza the Hut. So the chase is on from Spaceballs to Lone Starr’s Winnebago, to the planet of Druidia to save the princess, save the world, and use the schwartz in its infinite ways to bring peace and a little sanity back to one particular solar system.
This movie has all the 80s fads, the big hair, the synthy-pop music and the metal. The soundtrack is classic with R & B from the Spinners to the great riffs from Van Halen. This is one fun ride through time, back to 1987, and space that never seems to let up with the schtick, and it just works. There are funnier spoofs out there, but none can hold a candle to anything created by the spoof-master, Mel Brooks. Just check it out some time, and see why.
I give this film a Musing review of