A gleefully tacky throwback to the sci-fi serials of yesteryear, mike hodges’s flash gordon is as natural a camp spectacle as you’re in all likelihood to locate. A glitzy—at times garish—extravaganza of brightly coloured units, skin-baring costumes, and otherworldly vistas that wouldn’t appear out of area inside the gatefold of a sure album, the movie is silly and cartoonish in the high-quality sense of those terms.
Providing such outlandish characters as the fu manchu-sporting villain ming the merciless (max von sydow), prince vultan (brian blessed, naked-legged and wearing large steel wings), and the clean-eyed beefcake at the middle of it all, flash (sam j. Jones), the movie may be very a great deal in on its own funny story. Produced by way of dino de laurentiis to coins in at the submit-celebrity wars mania for space-opera flicks, flash gordon ultimately has greater in common with tongue-in-cheek cult musicals like phantom of the paradise and xanadu than it does with george lucas’s motion-packed monomyth. That’s thanks in large part to the rip-roaring soundtrack via queen, whose spirited pomposity seamlessly enhances the movie’s flamboyant comedian-strip visible delights.