"Then there's Peter Weller, who, I am informed by Wikipedia, patterned his performance on "Elia Kazan, Jacques Cousteau, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Adam Ant." Probably only Adam Ant shows up in the final result, but that's okay. Weller provides a stable, unflappable anchor for the proceedings, and the movie seems to take off from his post-New Wave demeanor. Buckaroo Banzai is like decades of escapist pulp filtered through the skeptic's shrug of the mid-'80s."
"By the end of its first 20 minutes, Buckaroo Banzai has ceased being another retro barn-burner inspired by old Doc Savage paperbacks. Buckaroo Banzai is like a Doc Savage paperback that's passed through another dimension and has come back... changed."
"The plot of Buckaroo Banzai is like a train that lays it's tracks as it moves along: it makes sense from moment to moment, but by the end, you have absolutely no idea where you are or how you got there. But really, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai is not about the plot, it's about everything around the plot"
"THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI is like a Chinese dinner: an hour later you're hungry for a more substantial film. All you remember is the opening jet car scene and the cool music."
"Buckaroo Banzai is like an orphaned immigrant kid you find in the streets speaking gibberish, but you raise up over the years and love anyway. The movie is almost entirely droll wit and throwaway humor. It has no ambition to entertain or make sense, but ends up doing both. It's one of those movies you find yourself reciting dialogue from. "Laugh while you can, monkey boy!" is a favorite of mine."
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