[Notes] Roger Ebert 1987 review of Spaceballs.

  • “I enjoyed a lot of the movie, but I kept thinking I was at a revival. The strangest thing about “Spaceballs” is that it should have been made several years ago, before our appetite for “Star Wars” satires had been completely exhausted.

Brooks’s first features, “The Producers” (1968) and “The Twelve Chairs,” told original stories. Since then, he has specialized in movie satires; his targets include Frankenstein, Hitchcock, Westerns, silent movies and historical epics. I usually find a few very big laughs and a lot of smaller ones in his movies, but the earlier ones are stronger than the more recent films, and I keep wishing Brooks would satirize something current and tricky, like the John Hughes teenage films, instead of picking on old targets. With “Spaceballs,” he has made the kind of movie that didn’t really need a Mel Brooks. In bits and pieces, one way or another, this movie already has been made over the last 10 years by countless other satirists” [Ebert.1987]

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