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Flash Gordon

by

Roger Davidson

Flash Gordon
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For the life of me, I can't understand why, I just can't help liking this film version of the popular Alex Raymond comic strip. The plot is basically the same as the old comic strip. Our towering hero Flash (Sam Jones), must save the world from the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless (played with gusto by Max Von Sydow). With the help of reporter Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) and Dr. Zarkov (Topol), as well as various creatures and peoples of Ming's world, Jones just might be the savior of the universe.

Take a wild guess at what happens. True, this is no Star Wars, but it isn't intended to be. It stays true to the campiness of the comic strip and the low budget aspects of the old serials from the 30's. The makers of the film turn it into something fun and humorous. I'll admit, Jones and Anderson weren't my choices for the lead characters, but the supporting cast is excellent, especially Ornella Muti as the seductive Princess Aura and Brian Blessed as the always tough (and always humorous) Prince Vultan.

The great rock score from Queen helps a bit, as does the costume design and art direction. It's not a perfect sci-fi tale, but it's certainly good fun!

My Rating = Three Stars


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