I Have the Power!

Masters of the Universe is one of the first movies based on a toy that’s also based on an animated series that’s also made in the same decade it was the most popular. I had both a He-Man and Skeletor toy when I was a kid. Along with a coloring book. However since I wasn’t born in the 80’s, I never watched He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. But I always thought He-Man and his catchphrase “I have the power!” was cool. What I did see when I was younger though, is the live action movie Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella as He-Man and Skeletor respectively. While the cartoon was (let’s say) flamboyant 80’s fun. The movie takes all the action to the boring grimy real world. Something I always hate to see with animated adaptations, because it’s just so lazy. He-Man’s planet Eternia and Castle Grayskull are seen briefly at the beginning and end with it cutting back occasionally. Can we please just have a cartoon character who isn’t turned into a “fish out of water.” Dolph Lundgren has the muscles for He-Man, but I could do without the mullet. He’s also the least memorable thing about the movie. Frank Langella isn’t half bad as Skeletor, but the makeup could use some work. Not to mention his visible eyes. While I didn’t mind Masters of the Universe when I was kid, it’s nothing but a cheesy cult film now. Hopefully they’re able to reboot He-Man far better someday.

He-Man, Teela, and Man-At-Arms

2 thoughts on “I Have the Power!

  1. I never really appreciated He-man as a kid, and now as an adult I love it. (I’m currently watching the entire series on DVD and really enjoying it). This film though was made in age where I think the special effects weren’t up to the standards to deliver a full movie on Eternia, so they transported the action to Earth. Totally agree…it’s a lazy move. The film though is definitely campy, but I’ve seen worse to be sure. Still some things in it to enjoy, but certainly not a memorable film to be sure. 😊

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  2. Hoho! Dreadful flick. Even seeing it as a kid I knew this was one of the worst things I’d ever see. I haven’t revisited it. Don’t think I could bring myself to.

    I think Sony are working on a reboot. There was talk of it not so long ago, but it might be nonsense.

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