Saturday, March 06, 2010
Saturday at the Cinema
I didn't see the new Alice in Wonderland just to watch the TRON LEGACY trailer... but it was tempting!
No, instead we saw the new Sherlock Holmes. (Everything old is new again, have you noticed?) If there is justice in the world, Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law will grow old together playing Holmes and Watson.
Buckaroo Banzai is an 80's anomaly. It's got all the weird lo-fi neon-lit trashiness you could hope for. The dialogue is genuinely funny. What hero can you recall who wears red-rimmed glasses and responds to bad news with, "The deuce you say." He's a nuclear physicist/brain surgeon/rock star. He's nattily dressed and has a zinger for every ocassion. "Do you think I'm beautiful?" asks Penny Priddy, the twin sister of his dead wife. "I think,"
says Buckaroo, "you're the queen of the Netherlands."
Then there's the heavies.
Lectroids from Planet 10 by way of the eighth dimension (got that?) are having a civil war and Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Cavaliers are caught in the middle. Lord John Whorfin, John Small Berries, John Many Jars, and John Big Bootey ("Boo-TAY!") will stop at nothing to win -or make us laugh. These guys are the funniest villains ever. For real, I wouldn't lie.