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Am I the only person that thinks Flash Gordon (1980) is one of the most boring movies ever made?


I wasn't entertained in the slightest bit. Typically, I love "bad" movies, but they have to be entertaining for them to work right.


I have tons of problems with Flash Gordon. First off, why am I suppose to care about Flash? The problem, is that the movie expects you to care for him going into the movie (it already expects you to be a fan of the B&W series), which is a problem for the non-fans. The movie opens with Flash getting onto a plane, and crash landing it. That is all the backstory you get with Flash. Then we get to see him do corny football moves when he arrives in the throne room at the other planet, which really threw me off in cheesy disgust. I didn't care for any of the characters to be quite frank because there wasn't any writing for them. Star Wars is a good example of this; Luke Skywalker being a character that you care for in the first 30 minutes because they gave him a backstory and provided the correct writing. You realize his problems, and his dreams of wanting explore the world. With Flash, there's no backstory at all, other than he was a QB for the New York Jets that just so happened to be at the right place at the wrong time.


The second problem, is Flash Gordon has absolutely no atmosphere whatsoever. Everything seems staged with bright and poppy colors. The set design was kinda similar to Dune, but without the atmosphere and the exquisite direction. I wasn't pulled into the film, nor did I care to experience the "cheap" world that was defined by it. Honestly, if a movie JUST has the atmosphere, then I'm at least able to sit through it and space out decently enough (The City of Lost Children, for example).


The acting was downright terrible, along with the writing. Again, I like this type of stuff, but it wasn't entertaining for me in the slightest. I sat through without any chuckles or emotion for 40 minutes. I didn't care about anyone or what was going on, which is already a basic problem of the movie. This is when I shut it off.


Aside from the opening credits, is Queen really apparent in this movie? The title sequence was great, and that was my favorite part of the movie because I actually heard a Queen song. Everything else was basically scored decently, but wasn't memorable.


Flash Gordon was made to be a campy and corny geek movie. If it was made to be a serious movie with better writing, cast, and soundtrack, than it could have been epic. Since it went the corny route, it should have been funnier and more entertaining than it was.


Nostalgia can be a ***** for some, I suppose.


Am I alone here?
 

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Hmmmm . . . how do I say this . . . OK . . . ingest a "mind-altering" substance BEFORE you watch FLASH GORDON. It greatly improves the movie.
Just kidding!


I don't think it was a serious attempt at the subject. More of a tongue-in-cheek representation.


Definitely could use a rehreshing.
 

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Hahahah! I read you loud and clear.



I've watched it in its entirety 4 years ago and had the same reaction. I thought maybe I'd give it another go while in a different state of mind
...no difference.



I'm just curious as to what can be liked about this one. Opinions? It is suppose to be just for the fans?
 

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Big budget schlock, and despite it's Queen soundtrack, it's disco-era vibe is apparent. It's like Barberella for fans of The Village People. I've seen both, and I think "Flesh Gordon" is more entertaining.
 

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Flesh Gordon was better.
 

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Thanks for your thoughts Bill.


It seems that many think it's a dud. I know Liquid Snake watched it when he was a child, and mkultra as well. That may explain the nostalgia factor.



"Flesh Gordon" looks interesting. Tell me more!
 

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The movie was in no way ever intended to be a serious sci-fi epic. The screenwriter also wrote for the '60s Batman show.


I think you just weren't taking it as it was intended. I find it to be great cheesy fun. And if you think the acting is bad, then you've obviously never seen any of the old Buster Crabbe serials. Max von Sydow is delightfully campy.


If you were watching the Blu-ray, check out the bonus feature interview with comic book artist Alex Ross (who designed the Blu-ray cover). He does a good job of explaining why it's his favorite movie. The Blu-ray also includes an episode of the first Buster Crabbe serial from 1936.
 

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"Flesh Gordon" looks interesting. Tell me more!

It was an X rated version from the 70s, with the main actors doing hard R scenes, but with porn actors as extras doing hardcore in the background. It was quite funny back then, with descent Harryhausenesque creatures...and at the time, very entertaining.


Here's a review...

http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.com/...contentid=5277
 

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OK- what was the 1st FG-- style-- or original series of this genre?

I have the original {movie/TV} "Undersea Kingdom"-- it is so campy- it defines-campy.

* change Hollywood Western Cowboys & Indians- and Put silver/metallic headdresses /gear on them and -- restart the movie.

In the same Eastern S. California Rockie area all westerns have been filmed in.

It is sooo baaaad- it hurts. Thou, an interesting watch.....

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Originally Posted by Ron Temple /forum/post/20833222


It was an X rated version from the 70s, with the main actors doing hard R scenes, but with porn actors as extras doing hardcore in the background. It was quite funny back then, with descent Harryhausenesque creatures...and at the time, very entertaining.


Here's a review...

http://homecinema.thedigitalfix.com/...contentid=5277

I seem to recall that FLESH GORDON was originally rated X when I saw it, and was later re-cut to an R. But it was so long ago that I can't be sure. The movie even got a (much) inferior sequel!
 

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The movie was in no way ever intended to be a serious sci-fi epic. The screenwriter also wrote for the '60s Batman show.


I think you just weren't taking it as it was intended. I find it to be great cheesy fun. And if you think the acting is bad, then you've obviously never seen any of the old Buster Crabbe serials. Max von Sydow is delightfully campy.


If you were watching the Blu-ray, check out the bonus feature interview with comic book artist Alex Ross (who designed the Blu-ray cover). He does a good job of explaining why it's his favorite movie. The Blu-ray also includes an episode of the first Buster Crabbe serial from 1936.

Peter Manoogian's Arena (1989) is so much more entertaining than Flash Gordon. That isn't saying much, but at least it has atmosphere and humor along with the camp. Never said that Flash Gordon wasn't trying to be a campy movie. I just can't understand, nor see the entertainment from it when there's much more entertaining movies out there, campy or not. And yes, Max von Sydow was the greatest actor in Flash Gordon.
 

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I like FG. I don't own it but will watch it if it's on TV without changing the channel further to see if anything else is on.
 
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