Aw, c'mon... really? I love Flash Gordon; it's big, loud, gawdy, garish, and more importantly FUN, done with a knowing wink and nod and hope you enjoyed the show, folks. I see a lot of similarity between the reception it got back in the day/still does today with the reaction to Luc Besson's The Fifth Element and the recent Valerian - of which I loved both, it isn't Shakespeare, people, and not meant to be either! - maybe the overall humor and style is too European for many U.S. audiences, I don't know... Interestingly, Flash Gordon director Mike Hodges said they didn't have a finished script when filming started and that movie was probably the most expensive improvised movie in history... whatever they did, it worked, it's a great - and very funny - movie from start to finish, and with incredible production design too. And personally speaking, the visual effects at the very least not only had more weight and substance to them than most CGI these days, but also suit the deliberately OTT comic-book nature. Plus, Ornella Muti... 'nuff said (ahem).