Because I know some of you are better acquainted with late 20th century science fiction movies than I am, I’m asking for your input on this.
Today, I find myself possessed of a serious hankering to track down and watch Flash Gordon — not the Buster Crabbe version from 1936 (which I watched on public television when I was a kid), but the 1980 motion picture.
Netflix doesn’t have it. Possibly this means it hasn’t made it to DVD yet. In the back of my mind, I’m wondering if there could be a good reason for that.
And yet, the cast is so promising. Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless. Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan. Topol as Dr. Hans Zarkov, formerly of NASA. A movie with that kind of cast couldn’t go completely off the rails, could it?
Plus, there’s the deliciously over the top theme song recorded by Queen.
Should I actually try to locate this movie in a video rental establishment, or will I end up hating myself for watching it? (As a frame of reference, I can live with myself for watching 21 Jump Street, although I would never impose it on others. However, were I to watch more than a few minutes of Xanadu, I doubt that my level of self-loathing would be compatible with my continued biological functioning.)
If your considered view is that I should pass on Flash Gordon, can you recommend a science fiction movie of the same era that better lives up to the promise of the Queen theme song?