Terry's Movie Review of Masters of the Universe

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Masters of the Universe

If you grew up in the 80’s, you have to see it!
Terry - wrote on 09/19/16

We all like to see comics and cartoons to be as modern and realistic when shown on the big screen. Masters of the Universe does just that, giving us a practical and fresh version of the iconic hero.

After the cosmic key, a device that can open portals to other dimensions, finds itself on earth along with He-man, Man-At-Arms and Teela. A race to locate it begins. The key is found by two teenagers who are initially mesmerized by its advanced technology but then realize that their lives are now in danger as Skeletor along with his villainous clan make their way to earth after tracking down the key’s location. The battle of Eternia comes to earth, with He-Man having to protect his friends, the teenagers and the Sorceress, who has been taken hostage by Skeletor.

Considering that this movie was one of the first comic/cartoon hero movies adapted for the big screen and its limited budget, I think they pulled it off excellently giving us exactly what was needed for the live version. They even added a replacement for Orko, who would have required a lot of effects unavailable at the time to bring him to the big screen, knowing that fans would be expecting to see him. Instead they have the character Gwildor, a locksmith in his place.

The setting, mainly taking place on earth, the weapons, the outfits and the characters give us a nice updated take on the franchise. I also found that the film has a dark and gritty feel to it, perfect for a realistic depiction of the heroes and villains of Eternia.

Big time 80-‘s action star Dolph Lundgren make sthe perfect He-Man and I don’t think at that time there would have been anyone else suited for the role, he looks exactly like him. Frank Langella plays Skeletor and has said this was his most enjoyable role. It also stars a very young Courtney Cox.

Anyone who grew up in the 80’s would have appreciated this live-action version of the popular action figures and cartoon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
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