Flash Gordon is, without a doubt, one of the silliest movies I've ever seen. Imagine a universe where EVERYONE dresses up like a Super Sentai
character, but without the helmets. And then add even more ham
. And IT
So of course, our hero is good old red blooded American Flash Gordon (nope, that's not a nickname), a famous football player
who happens across Dale Arden as the two of them board an airplane, which is attacked by the villain, Ming
, with Hot Hail
, sending them crashing into the laboratory of a mad scientist, Dr. Zarkov, who traps them in a space shuttle so they can escape because Ming sent the moon on a crash course with the Earth. They go through a Negative Space Wedgie
and end up in Ming's court, where they meet several ridiculously dressed Human Aliens
and things just get sillier from there.
Sure, this movie is ridiculously childish, but it knows exactly what it is, and EVERY actor (except possibly the dame playing Dale) throws gratuitous amounts of Ham And Cheese
into their performance. It doesn't take itself seriously at all, and it shouldn't given that the climax of the movie has an army of Hawkmen led by BRIAN BLESSED
and Flash on a space scooter attacking a Raygun Gothic
war rocket so they can hijack it and crash it into Ming's palace to stop the Crosses The Line Twice
wedding between him and Dale and the moon from crashing into the earth all to the main theme, courtesy of Queen. Refuge In Audacity
Best movie ever made? Certainly not. But if you want something to watch on a Saturday night with a bunch of your guy friends, this is probably perfect in all its 80s glory.