I’d been recommended Spaceballs time and time again by friends and family members — especially because I am a Star Wars fan and a Mel Brooks fan (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights are fantastic movies). I finally got a chance to watch the movie and was immensely underwhelmed.

What I liked:

+ It was fun to follow the jokes and references to various popular culture science fiction/fantasy movies. Even though the focus was Star Wars parodying, there were small references to other plots scattered throughout which were fun to follow.

+ I enjoyed that the broke the fourth wall throughout the movie, especially when they watched the VHS tape of the movie to figure out where to find the Lone Star and the Princess.

What I didn’t like:

+ Even though there were some funny moments, the jokes and the acting — the script/dialogue as a whole — felt a lot more forced than other Mel Brooks movies. In the other movies I’ve seen, the dialogue and the humor felt natural — it fell out of the plot and the acting. Whereas Spaceballs felt like it was *trying* to be funny. As a result, I didn’t find the movie as funny as I expected it to be (based off of previous Mel Brooks movies and from what I’d heard from friends and family).

Overall, 6 or 6.5/10. Decent parody, but felt a little overrated.

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