Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon ★★★★

Absolutely bonkers. The daftest, hammiest, horniest piece of nonsense I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Costumes made out of tinfoil. Lizard people with faces for throats. Brian Blessed in speedos and a giant pair of gold wings. Timothy Dalton as some sort of Endor-dwelling Robin Hood. Space princesses clad so scantily it leaves very little to the imagination. Dialogue so goofy it’s a challenge not to spit-take.

What a riot.

The climactic rocket assault—where lasers blast through flesh and metal, Queen’s electric guitars soar, and Brian Blessed roars “DIEEEEEE” at the top of his lungs—might be one of the greatest things I have ever seen.

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