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Masters of the Universe (1987) review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 7 February 2016 05:57

I remember seeing this film as a double feature with "The Neverending Story" when my mom recorded it on VHS from an airing on TBS from 1993 when I was very little and my memory of it was very hazy. I do know my cousin is a huge He-Man fan and I eventually rewatched it not that long ago as a grown adult. Needless to say, this adaptation was pretty poor. The special effects were cheesy, the acting was over-the-top, there are things that weren't on the show that the film doesn't need, and it's no wonder why it failed to become a movie franchise after this flopped which would later get Cannon Films to go bankrupt a few years later. Frank Langella and Meg Foster did relish in their scenery-chewing roles as the villains, but the others like Dolph Lundgren, Billy Barty and a pre-"Friends" Courteney Cox felt lost on what they were given to do. There are plans for a reboot which have happened for quite awhile, but I can't say it will fix things based on what the previous adaptation gave us, so who knows. In the end, this film doesn't hold up now that you're older and you should pretty much avoid it.

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