My questions in bold. Bubba′s answers below.
1) Do you remember when you first saw the movie?
I have a horrible memory when it comes to stuff like that, I imagine I saw it on cable as a teenager. I loved every sci-fi/fantasy movie I could get my hands on and this one was no different. For a long time I was extremely optimistic when it came to movies, there was never a bad movie in my eyes.
2) Why do you think that it’s recommendable? What do you like about it?
I like the cheesyness of it, it’s the right amount of absurdity mixed with the actors playing it completely serious, and Frank Langella as Skeletor is chewing scenery like you wouldn’t believe. And who doesn’t love Billy Barty as the annoying little tinkerer.
3) Is the movie underappreciated, do you think? Or does pop culture have it fairly rated?
I think it’s appreciated by the right people. As a He-Man movie, it’s completely awful, but as a random 80′s B movie, it’s entertaining as hell.
4) Is there any particular reason you thought I should watch it, or were you just surprised I hadn’t seen it?
I got the feeling that you appreciate the “so-bad-it’s-good” appeal that certain movies have, and I thought that if you were to review it, it would get your coveted (?) split grade where you have to give it a low grade on its merits, but a high grade for train wreck value.
5) Have you written about the movie yourself? (Insert plug here! LOL )
Thanks, Bubba! My review is below!
Right from the beginning, I know I’m in for a beaut of a movie. Just seeing Dolph Lundgren with top billing makes me chuckle. That’s followed by a title sequence that shamelessly rips off Superman; John Williams and Richard Donner should sue. Once the movie actually starts it takes me all of two minutes to think “Good Lord, this is cheesy”. I was getting Flash Gordon flashbacks. The sets and props look cheap. But that’s ok, so is the dialogue: “The dark can embrace the light, but never eclipse it. You’ve not won yet Skeletor, He-Man is still alive! I can feel it!”
Of course, have no fear, Dolph is here. Dolph looks bored as shit when he first turns around, but he redeems himself throughout the course of the film with some fantastically leaden line deliveries. And I do mean leaden. I think that his dialogue would sink in water. He says “Let her go” at one point and it takes 45 seconds. He IS rockin’ the frizzy blonde mullet though, gotta give him props. Of course, the best part is watching him fight with a drawn broad sword in one hand and a laser pistol in the other. It’s even better when he trades up to a laser rifle and is still dual wielding! He’s shooting people at range, but, you know, gotta have that sword to deflect lasers.
The McGuffin of the movie is a teleportation tool that makes music like a keytar. It allows He-Man and his crew to teleport right into Skeletor’s lair and attempt a rescue of a captured Princess. After a brief shootout and some techno-babble, He-Man and his handful of loyalists get teleported to Earth. This allows for some fish out of water comedy, and allows the production to save money on sets, as Skeletor and his minions follow, and battle here.
For someone so “powerful”, Skeletor doesn’t actually do shit. He kind of just barks orders. Even after he has “The Power of Greyskull” (which apparently is just yellow “Force Lightning” and a fancy suit of armor. That’s ok, He-Man really doesn’t do shit either. He runs away, gets caught, has to be rescued and basically has one big final swordfight against Skeletor.
God the acting is bad! It’s funny to watch Langella chew scenery through a skull mask in this piece of nonsense, while just a few days ago I watched him in the sublime “Robot & Frank“. Nothing will give you a shock like seeing a “Dancing in the Dark” era Courtney Cox show up 30 years younger than she is now. Well, maybe James Tolkan having a major role as a clownish cop. That’s alright, with Dolph Lundgren setting the pace in the lead role, no one has to worry about looking bad.
“Masters” is laden with cornball mythology. Techno-babble, nonsense about the Power of Greyskull, the fact that they all come battle in a small town on earth… The costumes and creature designs are ridiculous in the most awesome of ways. I saw a snake man, and Sasquatch looking dude, and guy with the face of a reptilian Pekingese. “Masters” has soldier characters in black armor like Stormtroopers and Billy Barty made up like a Leprechaun. Top it off with some poor special effects in the few moments where it actually has special effects, and this movie does wind up cheesefest city!
I suppose it shouldnt be an insult to call a movie based on a cartoon cartoonish, but “Master of the Universe” is, in a big way. At least half a dozen times I laughed out loud and thought, “This is the awesomest movie ever“. You wanted the split grade, Bubba? You got it, baby. If I didn’t have a sense of humor, and was reviewing this straight up? I’d have no choice but to flunk it. But its undeniable how much fun I had watching it. I might have been laughing AT it and not WITH it, but I had a blast nonetheless!
Bad acting, horrible plot, silly characters, bad special effects even!
Near continual source of laughs, an 80s B movie cheesetacular!