Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction,
Director: Mel Brooks
Writers: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham
Cast: John Candy, Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Michael Winslow, Joan Rivers, John Hurt
A spoof of Star Wars directed by Mel Brooks when the malevolent Lord Dark Helmet hatches a plan to steal another planets abundant supply of air for their own needs.
This is a great movie, I won’t say it is Brook’s finest, but if you love Star Wars and don’t mind someone copying it for some laughs then you will appreciate the many fun jokes within this one. It is a Mel Brooks film and therefore you are going to get a mixture of crude sexual humor, absurd comedy, but also some very interesting one liners as well that are clever.
The movie is incredibly aware that it is a stupid comedy movie, but doesn;t care one bit about that.
One of my favorite lines from Spaceballs is “Who knows? God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money. ”
They are planning to make a remake/sequel of Spaceballs 2. (Though it is not at all a search for more money. Never!)
The movie is hilarious and stupid. It may not be the finest Brooks has to offer, but it is still among the best comedies I’ve ever watched.
On a serious note, if you are going to make a sequel, do it for other reasons than (it worked the first time). I’m not saying that it won’t work again (in fact, I’m saddened to say in some cases it works too well over and over again), but try to be creative. The best sequels have often been planned ahead of time like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Look at Shrek 2 (2004) I think it is better than the original. I’m not sure if it was planned all along, but they created interesting new characters, and had the main protagonist mature from the start of the film to the end. He grew as a character. When that happens, you often get better movies.