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Spaceballs (1987)

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Commentary 1: Director Mel Brooks Rating:3.2/10 (20 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by lancepr on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by lancepr
Director Mel Brooks watches this movie for the first time in about a century and is amazed by the move and lets the film "do most of the talking" for him, very bad!
Reviewed by Rirse on June 20th, 2004:Find all reviews by Rirse
You would think a commentary from Mel Brooks would be funny and fast pace? Wrong, as he spends most of the time watching the movie, which translate into dead time. And when he does speak, it either recap of events on sreen or talking about his breakup with Gene Wilder. Don't even bother with this one, unless you are in need of some sleep.
Reviewed by ZachsMind on August 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
Oh yeah. This commentary sucked balls. Pun intended. Putting Mel Brooks alone in a room with a microphone was the singular worst choice. It would have been better had they found someone who could ask him questions, or keep him on topic with the film, or just another voice to bounce words about with. Get Carl Reiner in there that woulda been great! No, instead you learn that Brooks didn't even prepare for this. He admits during the commentary he hadn't seen it in years, so every comment he makes is like, "oh I forgot I did dat. Wow dats... Whut iz dat?" on and on and on. He has glowing praise for his costars. Occasionally you get gems of trivial trivia that true fans will cherish, but mostly it's just a great comedic talent looking back with angina, God bless'm.
Reviewed by maarow on November 4th, 2008:Find all reviews by maarow
I do agree with all the previous reviewers. Brooks is not a good commentator, often simply narrating the action or bantering in vague ways about behind-the-scenes info. And that's assuming he's even talking about the movie. Often he indulges in statements that aren't even tangentially related to Spaceballs ("I miss a lot of things. I miss my mother. If you were my psychiatrist, we could really talk").

In spite of this, I don't believe this really deserves to be in the bottom 10 commentaries of all time. I've suffered through many commentaries that were more dull and awkward than this one. Brooks is amiable enough that even when he's saying nothing, it's hard to begrudge him his lack of substantial information. I'd give this a 5/10.
Reviewed by Hazzah on October 30th, 2009:Find all reviews by Hazzah
I'm not certain if this is based on the more recent release of the DVD? The one I own has a relatively funny one with spurts of his (now deceased) writing partner adding something from the side.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 1st, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
The commentary is like this in a nutshell:

"So, when we wrote the movie....... oh wait a minute. (watches scene and chuckles) So, when we did the er...... (laughs at another scene) Forgive me, but I love this guy. Anyway............. (laughs again at another scene). Good joke. I think I wrote that. No, maybe it was Ronny. Anyway..... oh what is that? Oh, that's the Winnebago. No, that's not the Winnebago."

Now imagine listening to that for 90 minutes!

Did I learn anything interesting AT ALL? Well, George Lucas saw the film and liked it.

Reviewed by Station51 on May 18th, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
While the criticisms on here are fair this wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. Mel does manage to give out some info in between the "This is funny" and "I'm not proud of that line". The only bad points are when he doesn't wamt to step on some dialogue during some scenes he finds particularly funny so you're forced to watch. He picks it back up after and keeps it moving. He's got his notes in front of him and they're clearly outlined and marked.
He mentions that he's recording this for the laserdisc version of the movie so you know that back then you would at least try to do a good job on it and make it into something. He at least tries to do that.