Masters of the
This is a
good movie, just not a good adaptation. What do I mean by
that? This live-action film which is based on the popular TV
cartoon series and toyline could hardly be any more different.
For those who haven't already seen this film, let me clue you in to a
Many of the important characters from the cartoon
are not here including Orko the magician and He-Man's pet
Cringer/Battlecat to name a few. The Sorceress is not a vibrant
young beauty in a bird costume, but an old lady in some other type of
mystic wardrobe. Although the movie starts out in a
battle-ravaged Eternia (the setting for the cartoon), it is almost
entirely set on Earth! He-Man's secret identity of Prince Adam is
not mentioned. There is also no King Randor or Queen Marlena even
mentioned in passing. And as far as the villains are concerned,
the only ones that come from the cartoon are Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, and
Beastman; all others are original to this movie.
We see a lot of new characters in this movie.
Gwildor is a dwarf-like creature who is also the inventor of a cosmic
key that opened a doorway to Earth. He's a goofy little guy and a
character they created to compensate for Orko, I'm guessing. He's
a good character, though, played by the always amusing Billy
Barty. Skeletor's main thugs besides Evil-Lyn and Beastman
include newbies Blade, Karg, and Saurod. Blade is a crazy-looking
bald assassin with swords and human. Karg is just another furry
critter like Beastman. Saurod is a character that looks something
like an anemic version of Predator. They're good characters for
any standard film, but definitely not as interesting visually as
characters like Whiplash the lizard man or Two-Bad the siamese twin
monster might have been, to name a few.
The actors are all very top-notch. Dolph
Lundgren dazzles as He-Man. He spent four months getting his body
into condition before the filming of this movie and it really paid
off. I can't think of anyone else at that time that would have
made even half as good of He-Man as Dolph did. DOLPH ROCKS!
I think it's weird that He-Man wears
a cape in this movie, but whatever. He doesn't wear it throughout
the whole movie, which is good. Jon Cypher as Man-at-Arms is
another excellent portrayal...a witty survivalist. Teela is tough
and sexy. Frank Langella really brings the character of Skeletor
He truly captures the personality of the cartoon character.
Extremely heartless and equally ruthless! Last, but not least, is
Meg Foster as Evil-Lyn. I like Meg Foster as an actress very much
in all her projects. Besides being drop-dead gorgeous she has
those wild green eyes! Her Evil-Lyn is a great manipulator and
even more of a three-dimensional personality than her cartoon
counterpart. Foster's Evil-Lyn is certainly more intelligent.
Most of the movie is set at night and isn't as
bright and optimistic as the cartoon adventures. It is more
realistic, however. I think the creators of this movie were
trying to emulate the Star Wars films more than the He-Man
cartoon. The cartoon series was purely fantasy with talking
animals, magic spells, and such. This movie has a lot of laser
weapon gunplay, spaceships, and hand-to-hand fighting that makes it a
strictly science-fiction film. I love this film! However,
it is a far departure from the cartoon show. If you don't mind
that idea, you'll love it, too! If you're expecting goofy
characters like Orko, Cringer, and Skeletor's standard thugs with
G-rated adventures that's purely for kiddies, be warned. This
He-Man film is for us big kids...basically anyone over 12.