FLASH GORDON

Film Reviews

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DIRECTOR: Mike Hodges

NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION

May Contain Spoilers!

Will we be adding this to our collection?YES

It might be camp as Christmas and well placed to compete with Star Wars in the early 1980’s, but there’s something as right about Flash Gordon as is there is very wrong! Queen’s soundtrack dominates the movie as Sam Jones’s, Flash Gordon, brought back into the popular consciousness by his cameo in Ted (2012) last year, finds himself doing battle with the evil Emperor Ming The Merciless (Max von Sydow) as he intends to destroy the Earth.

The action is corny, the characters more so but it’s not exactly trying to be anything else. It’s fun, unabashed and self-aware and this makes this an earnest film, not exactly a comedy nor a spoof, but an interpretation of the 30’s sci-fi  Saturday morning  action hero. What else could you do? Take him seriously?

Star Wars (1977) managed to pull…

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