release year:1980 genre:action/adventure viewing setting:home VHS, 7/26/98 what I expected:n/a - seen it too many times what I got:classic corny sci-fi action
synopsis:Flash Gordon and his two companions must stop the intergalactic despot Ming and his vastly superior forces.
impressions:This is one of those consistently-entertaining B-movies. It's cheesy, it's corny, yet it's fun. And that's what it's all about: fun. The movie has good effects, acting, and sets, not to mention lines. And then there's the outrageous soundtrack by Queen. Fun, fun, fun.
acting:It varies - a lot of these people have done more "serious" work than this, but then again, they're having fun here. Among the actors: Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton, Max Von Sydow. I have to make a note about Ornella Muti, the Italian actress who played Princess Aura: she's a drop-dead gorgeous alien babe who dominates every moment she's on the screen. Aaaaaah.
final word:If you like sci-fi/fantasy/action/comedy movies and you want to be entertained, pure and simple, this is a movie that will do it for you.
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