I knew this movie would be silly before I even started watching it, but I don't mind a silly movie every once in a while.
The special effects may not have aged well, nor the stereotypes, articulate dialog or relations: everything about them speaks of a time before my time, but that's not to say they're bad. They're just different.
Some special effects were surprisingly authentic, and the futuristic landscapes they built weren't realistically futuristic in our sense, but they didn't look fake either, they were just very unlike expected parallel reality norms right now. The exception was the bird men's flight, but that's a minor detail. I mean it was an exception as in it looked terrible, but don't let the occasional design flaws bother - most of it's really well-done.
The story follows Flash Gordon (The Flash? No, this one's a quarterback without superpowers:
the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by Alex Raymond decades ago), and Dale, as they crash into Dr. Zarkov's lab and accidentally launch themselves in a rocket into space, and another world, where an evil Emperor Ming is waiting.
The fate of the world rests with them, but Flash cares more about Dale. And Zartov, what'll happen to him? Find out! In the next, within this review un-revealed, segment of the Flash Gordon movie from a time long passed!
And btw, this is that one movie Queen so generously crafted a theme song for! If it wasn't for that I'm not sure I'd have known about it - or seen it. It turned out to be a good movie too, albeit pretty outdated. The costumes and sceneries: everything's from a different time and age, but it looks awesome! And the music sounds awesome, and thanks to the latter the final showdown was pretty exciting as well.
If you manage to immerse yourself in their world it's a grand adventure. Spacey, flashy; with nostalgically futuristic design.
rated 3/5: not bad