Summary: Somewhere between Flash Gordon and Flesh Gordon , lies Barbarella (and please try not to let that evoke any sort of letter to “Penthouse” style scenario in your mind just now). Camp is not meant to be judged, but enjoyed purely for the sake of enjoyment. Treat your brain to a night off when watching this film.
Conclusion: I can't recommend 'Barbarella' to new viewers. There's no pleasure to be had in its badness, and nude pics of Fonda from the opening can surely be found online at this point. For those who are fans, the Blu-ray is well worth picking up. Producer Dino De Laurentiis would revisit this campy style of science fiction with 'Flash Gordon' (1980).
Conclusion: Cheeky would be one way of describing Barbarella as a whole. The other would be to say that it’s a sexualized romp of a film due to the free love aspect played through by Fonda and her character. It’s really tame by today’s standards, but I can see why the previous generations of film-goers thought this to be a cult classic. Fonda is gorgeous, naive, and strong in her role as Barbarella. I’m sorry to say that the lack of features has brought down the score substantially.
Conclusion: With a less famous actress in the title role, it seems unlikely that Barbarella would have avoided obscurity. With political activist, fitness guru, author, and two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda in the part, though, this stupid sci-fi sex movie has somehow clung to relevance. Aside from bare legs and PG-rated sex scenes, the film's one primary asset is camp value, which it delivers in spades.
Summary: Without Jane Fonda, there isn't much to talk about. Yet with her, the film is enjoyable to watch, not only because she is so appealing to look at but because she has such a flair for the role.
Excerpt: Det gäller på något sätt att vara i rätt stämning när man slår sig ner och ska titta på Barbarella. På något sätt lyckas filmen klara av sin extrema självironi på ett ganska lysande sätt, men på ett sätt som också kan verka påfrestande för vissa filmbeskådare. Under Dino De Laurentiis stöd har mången konstig film producerats och att Roger Vadim fick uppbackning för att göra Barbarella verkar inte det minsta konstigt.