Flash Gordon (1980)
Directed by Mike Hodges
For breakfast: Banana Nut Muffins
It’s fairly hard to criticize a film when it intends to be campy B-movie fun. Bad dialogue…check. Bad acting…check. Overdone costumes and cheesy effects…double check. There are two things that prevent this from slipping into nonsense territory: 1) the incredibly fun synth soundtrack from Queen and 2) the casting and performance of Max von Sydow as the evil Emperor Ming. Only in the ’80s can something like this be pulled off, of course it helps that the film has a good enough sense of humor about itself that it’s laughing along with the audience the whole way.
“Flash, I love you! But we’ve only got 14 hours to save the Earth!”
Oh, and one other thing…
Best. Trailer. Ever.