Director: Brad Silberling
Starring: WIll Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma, Taccone. USA 1h 32m
This turned out to be a slightly psychotronic and fairly deranged movie. Having an air about it similar to the legendary Buckaroo Banzai while tossed into the Twilight Zone with the Flintstones.
A space-time vortex sucks scientist Rick Marshall (Ferrell), his assistant Holly (Friel) and a survivam nut Will (McBride) into a world populated by dinosaurs and painfully slow creatures called Sleestaks. With few resources at their disposal, Rick, Holly and Will must rely on their only ally, a primate named Chaka (Taccone), to try to survive long enough to figure out a way back home.
There’s lots to admire about this sci fi caveman Alice in wonderland adventure that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense but it just fun while the cast try to make sense of their ever changing landscapes with little logic. The only thing that is sure is that they will do or say something that will make you laugh, no matter how obscure.
Instead of a dark forest and cheshire cat, the fairytale landscape is a desert motel with a caveman style water ride gets to be stretched out in the everlasting landscape , bit by but parts of the motel slips into existence, an ice cream van, a flashing sign, part of the golden gate bridge, and with each slip they fresh meat brings more dinosaurs, mostly the meat eating kind.. but never fear they seem to understand English. The group just spend a lot of time trying to rescue a device for an alien who promises to get them home. but each time they reach it, it gets whisked away by another dinosaur, much like the poor squirrel in Ice Age trying to get his acorn.
There’s a lot of dino jokes in this film, personally I don’t watch a lot of comedy but it seemed crammed full of them, in quick succession there are jokes about Dinosaur, urine, poo, babes, feelings, intelligence and bowel disorders it’s hard to see what else the writers could think about then they get massively high while eating a narcotic fruit, the Hunter S Thompson twist divides the team up, as only men ever get high right!? Taking the sober route Holly managed to find out the twist plot and sono they have another objective.
While a lot of effort went into the movie it’s on par with a more advanced episode of the outer limits it’s a zazy bit of fun that passes a bit of time but nothing to really break any new ground, but even I managed to kick back with a few friends and beer and ha a really great time watching this and I have no funny bone. Considering this all comes from the original 1970’s children’s adventure show, it’s great to see the additional adult jokes slipped in to spice things up.
R: Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension (1984)
L: Dino Comedies
5s : WIll Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride