In the 40th century, Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is assigned by the President of Earth (Claude Dauphin) to retrieve Doctor Durand-Durand (Milo O’Shea) from the planet SoGo in order to save the earth. On her quest, Barbarella is seduced by a human resident of SoGo (David Hemmings), who introduces her to penetrative intercourse, something she is unaware of, since civilized people of Barbarella’s society find their sexual release through pharmaceuticals. In turn, she seduces an angel named Pygar (John Phillip Law), and overloads a torture device called the Excessive (or “Ex-sex-sive”) Machine, which kills through sexual pleasure.
The sci-fi genre has produced many classic films with subjects ranging from experiments gone awry and hell-bent on destroying the world, to gamma radiation that causes a man to shrink, to futuristic epics set in outer space, but never has anyone thought of a sex romp in outer-space, but this what you get with Barbarella.
Obviously, this film was released before I was even born. Jane Fonda to me is the old lady from Monster-In-Law. I knew that at one time she had a series of exercise videos, but I never knew she was drop dead gorgeous…and I’m not just saying that because she spends a good portion of the film is some state of undress. I can say that in some scenes, she resembles Elizabeth Montgomery from the TV sho Bewitched.
I wish I could say that there was a plot here, but in all honesty, there isn’t. At least not enough of one to say there is. If you’ve ever watched those late night movies that come on cable that are soft core porn, this is in the same vein.
Fonda, as Barbarella, is in search of Durand Durand (the band got their name from this guy) by order of the government of the planet Earth. As she searches for hom she comes across many interesting, unique, and odd characters, but if you’re traveling across space, would you expect any less?
Acting and special effects in this film are a joke, but the entire film is tongue-in-cheek, so I won’t go off on a tangent about those, but must say that there is no excuse for subpar performances and effects, no matter how un-serious this picture is.
I just found out that the producer of this film, Dino de Laurentiis, is the father of the hot food network babe Giada de Lauentiis.
Once again, a classic film is tapped for a remake, so you seemed to go watch this before it gets the bastardized treatment that all the others have received. do I recommend it? Yes, I do. Barbarella is a fun, campy, kitschy sci-fi flick. Although, if you’re a straight woman, you may not have as much fn as the guys watching this but hey, with all the sappy lovey dovey movies we’re forced to watch, what’s wrong with a soft core skin flick? THat is pretty much what this is, a skin flick, but an entertaining, albeit cheesy, one.
4 out of 5 stars