When the totalitarian planet of Mongo decides
on a whim to obliterate Earth, it's up to the lunk-headed quarterback Flash
Gordon and his oddball companions to make the universe safe for democracy.
Based on the classic (and infinitely more reputable) comic strip and its
'30s screen serialization, this cotton-candy-colored trash classic deserves
immortality for Queen's unforgettably pulsating soundtrack alone. The
legendary Max von Sydow appears to be having a blast as the evil Ming the
Merciless, while Ornella Muti, as his daughter, is the living embodiment of
what attracts adolescent boys to comics in the first place. (She makes
Barbarella look mundane.) One of the most shamelessly entertaining movies
ever made, this is a knowingly absurd sensory freak-out that'll have the
viewer blissfully checking the sky afterward for signs of Hawkmen.