Synopsis: Three people from Earth are hurled in a rocket into space where they encounter Ming the Merciless, a tyrannical emperor who regards himself as ruler of the universe. He didn’t count on Flash Gordon, quarterback for the New York Jets…
Main Cast: Sam J Jones, Topol, Max von Sydow, Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Peter Wyngarde, Richard O’Brien
The Hype: At the time, this was a big deal. Flash Gordon hadn’t been portrayed on-screen in 25 years and the release of a film was huge for such a popular comic character. Now of course, its hype is bigger than ever with the film a cult classic, so much so that it was featured heavily in the recent movie Ted.
What I Thought: It was shown on television this New Year’s Eve here in the UK and I couldn’t resist the chance to see it again. I LOVE this film. As I said above, it is regarded as a cult classic and its following is massive. Let’s look at the evidence. The script is terrible, the acting is worse, the special effects are basic and compared to today, terrible. WHO CARES? It’s still brilliant. There is just something about this movie that makes it great, despite it being (when you look at it from a technical point of view) awful from start to finish. One thing it did get right from the beginning was the soundtrack. Written and performed by the band Queen, Flash Gordon offers up one of the greatest film scores and add that with the wonderful Brian Blessed shouting for most of the film, you have a surefire hit. If you haven’t seen this movie, you must be dead.
Conclusions: Its complete rubbish, but its brilliant rubbish!, Do not miss this movie if you get the chance to see it.