The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai plays more like an experimental film than a Hollywood production aimed at a mass audience. It violates every rule of storytelling and narrative structure in creating a self-contained world of its own.
First-time director W.D. Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch have created a comic book world chock full of references, images, pseudo scientific ideas and plain mumbo jumbo.
Buried within all this Banzai trivia is an indecipherable plot involving a modern band of Robin Hoods who go to battle with enemy aliens released accidentally from the eighth dimension as a result of Buckaroo’s experiments with particle physics .
Buckaroo is a world-class neurosurgeon, physicist, race car driver and, with his band of merry pranksters, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, a rock’n’roll star.
As the great one (Buckaroo), Peter Weller presents a moving target that is tough to hit. Also very funny is Jeff Goldblum, coming as if from another dimension as every mother’s Jewish son. Ellen Barkin does a turn as Buckaroo’s mysterious girlfriend and looks great but is another emotionless character.