Flash Gordon review – bizarre expressionist superhero panto

Flash Gordon review – bizarre expressionist superhero panto
With echoes of The Wizard of Oz and Carry On movies, Mike Hodges’ vintage intergalactic fable delivers mayhem, madness and eye-frazzling colour

‘This place is a lunatic asylum!” says the square-jawed, peroxide-blond hero of Mike Hodges’ bizarre LSD pantomime Flash Gordon, adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr and Michael Allin from the 1930s comic-strip serial – now rereleased on streaming platforms for its 40th anniversary. It now looks even madder and more expressionist than ever, with an operatic theme from Queen, bizarre 2D studio sets for alien planets and the kind of eyeball-frazzling colour scheme that generally only existed on old TVs of the era before you had to thump them.

Sam J Jones plays the Earthling American football star Flash Gordon who finds himself caught up in an intergalactic war when the evil Ming the Merciless launches an attack on Planet Earth. Swept along for this titanic battle is comely Dale Arden
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