Alright. So let me get this straight. A long-long time ago, in a galaxy far-far away, there once lived a very bad man called Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). Now because this silly sod desperately needed to replenish his kingdoms natural resources, he sets a plan in motion to kidnap the runaway bride -- Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) -- so that he could use her as a bargaining tool to steal the air from her home planet, Druidia.
However, before this imperialist 'Spaceball' was able to accomplish this daring deed, two Winnebago w*nkers -- Lone Starr and Barf (Bill Pullman and John Candy) -- intercept his ploy -- saving Vespa, plus her robotic aide, Dot Matrix (Jansson / Rivers) -- just so they can cash in on her fathers reward, and then pay off the debt they owe to the crime boss, Pizza the Hut (Dom DeLuise).
OK. You got that? Good. I won't be saying that again in a hurry. No matter what the head honcho of Spaceball-1 -- President Skroob (Mel Brooks) -- says. Furthermore, I couldn't give a toss that Lone Starr, Barf, Vespa, or Dot Matrix, runout gas on the way home either. I'm pretty damn sure they can find some help on that barren planet they land on.
Yeah! You know; someone like that wise yet small dwarf, Yogurt (Mel again), for instance. Surely he could point them in the right direction whilst he's selling them a piece of movie merchandising; or showing Lone Star how to use the secret power of the 'Schwartz'.
That's it. I've said enough. I'm not going to say another word except that what next transpires all begins when Vespa gets kidnapped by some silly sod in a dark helmet. As w*nkers show some pluck - plans really do suck - Spaceballs run a muck - and at the end of the day a princess finds out that her prince is a bit of a schmuck.
Now if you're ever thinking about satirizing a movie on YouTube -- or some other type of video based platform -- I urge you to pick up 'Spaceballs' first, OK? As not only is this film very funny to watch. But it also shows you the very simple rules of spoofing a slice of cinema.
Here, check out this five point guide to see what I mean by this:
- (Step One) Know Your Playground: Now as any good comedian will know, you have to have a thorough knowledge of the area you are poking fun out of -- back to front -- or else the subject matter in question will have less validity in retrospect. I.E. It will feel too false.
- (Step Two) The Story Must Be Simple To Follow: By in large a tale needs to be fairly light in content so that the comedy can be overlaid upon it. That way it's easier for you to integrate the comedy and the story together, thus making the overall project more uniform in nature. I.E. Less jumbled.
- (Step Three) Your Actors Need To Be Naturally Funny: Do I have to explain this point? Nah. Didn't think so. I.E. Scary Movie 2.
- (Step Four) Keep Things Clean: Comedy always needs to have a clear and bold surface for the pretext to interact with, or otherwise the gags may be lost within a quagmire of artsy fartsy mish-mash of visual effects and camera positioning. I.E. What the f*ck is going on?
- (Step Five) You Can't Please Them All: Don't presume that all your jokes will be a 'laugh riot' to everyone who sees or hears them. Sometimes certain people won't 'get' the brunt of a gaff -- which is fine -- just as long as the jokes aren't too 'in' -- if you get my gist.
John Candy, and Rick Moranis. The story told a pretty linier tale -- even if it was on the rather simple side. And the overall spit and polish of this production enhanced the whole project -- bar none.
Heck, I have to be honest with you; I can't fault this movie one little bit. And in my opinion, it is up there with the rest of Mel Brook's satires. Just check this out to see what I mean...
A class comedy. And defiantly one to watch. Say no more.