Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Flash Gordon

The New York Jets star quarterback (Sam J. Jones) is Earth's only hope from the destructive maniacal wiles of Ming (Max von Sydow), the diabolical and all-powerful ruler of the planet Mongo. Adapted from the 1930s comic strip, Flash Gordon is campy fun that wears thin after awhile, probably would have played better in a shorter form, but is a personal disappointment for the Queen score which provides an extremely limited vocal sampling. Jones is utterly terrible in the lead role, to the point of enjoyment, and Max von Sydow is fun as the heavy, that is after I stopped asking myself why he was in the movie.