Pee-wee's Big Adventure Reviews
Mickey: Well, I lost my temper and I took a knife and I uh-. Do you know those "Do Not Remove Under the Penalty of Law" labels they put on mattresses?
Mickey: Well I CUT one of them off!
This marked Tim Burton's directorial debut, and, not only was it a big breakthrough for him, but a big stepping stone for co-writer and star Paul Reubens (credited as Pee-wee Herman) and composer Danny Elfman.
The story follows the adventure of Pee-wee Herman, a lovable goofy man child who sets out on a cross country trip to recover his beloved bicycle that was stolen from him. Along the way he meets a wide variety of zany colorful characters, gets into some nutty situations, and truly does have a big adventure.
The film is extremely offbeat, but that's probbbaly why it has become such a beloved cult classic. It's also an exercise in style and genre hopping, from road movies to German expressionism, with bits of surrealism and a whole lot more. This is an utterly wacky and lovable movie, and I can't beieve it took me so long to finally see it.
I always sorta dug Pee-wee, even though a little bit of his shtick goes a long way. You really have to admire Reubens for his dedication to keeping in character, which isn't easy to do, especially with someone so delirious off kilter as Herman. Elizabeth Daily is good as Pee-wee's friend (who wants to be more than friends) Dottie, Diane Salinger is fun as a waitress named Simone who longs to see Paris, and Judd Omen is great as Mickey- the criminal on the lam who Pee-wee hitches a ride from.
Lots of Tim Burton trademarks started here, from the misunderstood social outcast protagonist, to the partnership with Elfman, the offbeat style and crazy art direction. Speaking of all of that: it's top notch, especially Elfman's delightful score.
All in all, this is a real gem. It's definitely not for all tastes, but if you crave something wacky, and odd, but still pretty harmless, then this is the film for you.
Everyone in the 90s grew up with Pee Wees playhouse, because it had things that every kid would see when they're on sugar high and can enjoy it even with the adults can enjoy it. The character of Pee Wee I think is one of those perfect embodiment's of how we all acted when we were very little and it is put in an adult body, which we can all enjoy, and with Pee Wee's big adventure, director Tim Burton exploits the heck out of it.
Paul Reubens plays his trademarked character and he does a fantastic job at playing this character as usual and makes him both a likable character and an off the wall character. One of the best things about this character is that this film is just his comedic development with other characters he meets along the way when he tries to find his lost bike, he meets a girl who wants to go to France with a mean boyfriend, a group of thugs at a bar who he befriends when dancing to the song Tequila, and even an escaped convict. Many of these characters lead to many hysterical moments and to some of the most memorable scenes in the movie.
The comedy in this film is quite possibly some of the best I've ever seen and it is brilliantly pulled off with some of the best slapstick and comedic lines of all time. Again, the Tequila scene is one of the funniest scenes when he entertains a group of biker thugs at a bar. But one of the funniest scenes in the movie is the pool fight with Pee Wee and his rival Francis who he thinks stole his bike. Pee Wee has some of his funniest moments when he fights with Francis just because of how these two adults act like 6 year old kids. Another one of the funniest scenes in the film is a scene involving Pee Wee hitchiking with a criminal who he is running from the cops, but when they run across the cops, Pee Wee gets the idea to dress up themselves as a traveling couple. But one of the funniest (And strangest) scenes is when Pee Wee finds his bike on a film set and takes it in the middle of a film shooting and rides through several different sets including a Godzilla style set, a Santa Claus set, and even a Twisted Sister music video.
To conclude this review, all I can say, is that it is what really started to make Pee Wee a phenomenon and led to his TV show and being considered one of the strangest shows of all time, and I definitely agree. And if you are in the mood for a great and bizarre comedy, definitely check this out.
I think what cracked me up the best was the Hollywood interpretation of his adventure at the end. LOL! Very clever. Even his ride through WB studios. Funny!
Didn't see a lot of the Tim Burton style, but he was still a youngin at this point. The portrayal of Texas hurt my heart a little...
Pee Wee (Paul Reubens) is like Peter Pan. The guy never grew up from a fireman's pole in his bedroom to the mouse trap like device that cooks him breakfast Pee Wee lives in a kids fantasy world. His most beloved possession is his bicycle, an ornate affair with all the bells and whistles and P.A. system. It's kept under lock and key and security system. The bike is his life.
So on a trip to the magic shop his bike ends up getting stolen. This is the catalyst for Pee Wee the over grown kid to travel the real world searching for his bike. He rides with an escapee, runs into a biker gang, hitches a ride with a ghost all in the name of saving his beloved bike.
What sets this film apart from what it might have been is direction by Tim Burton. Burton directs the film like a cartoon, echoing his previous work and giving us a glance of what he was capable of during the next ten years. Burton's creative eye gives the film a much needed push from being Viva Kineval.
Pee Wee Herman may be dead, but his film is still a great piece of entertainment. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a classic but it has definitely out grown it's star. A fun film.
Favorite Scenes: the spectacular bike race dream and breakfast machine