Masters of the Universe (1987) - Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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The heroic warrior He-Man battles against the evil lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

IMDB: 5.4
Director: Gary Goddard
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 28 out of 202 found boring (13.86%)

One-line Reviews (105)

At age 6, this movie was about as enjoyable as going to Disneyland.

Embarrassing and dull .

"Masters of the Universe" was actually the first film I saw at the cinemas and the only time I ever walked out of one.

While many reviews I've read mention it being boring I found it was just cheap on every level.

Overall, this is a very entertaining film and I rate it 8.5 out of 10.

Despite this, Masters of the Universe does not convince this viewer that it holds much worth, seemingly being more contempt as a cliche-ridden, empty shell of its source material and of the Star Wars franchise.

Please see this,its very action packed and it`s an adventure you`ll never forget!

Lundgren plays He-man in the guise of the plastic doll he is based on and his acting is incredibly bland.

The sequence where they invade a school gym and chase Julie around it is excellent, far more exciting and scary than similar chases in many horror films (including some of those Courtney Cox has been in).

This results in two very different visions of the same characters, and probably results in plenty of confusion from those who expect the cartoon and get something with lasers and Courteney Cox.

These actors made this movie enjoyable.

Not me, or my friend as we both found their romance and storyline boring.

This has to be one of the worst movies I have seen in the past 15 years.

On the other hand, Chelsea Field is pretty bad as Teela while Courtney Cox is boring and rather forgettable as Julie Winston.

Silly but Entertaining .

The abundant breathtaking images , which labor mightily to reproduce the source materials in some impressive scenes and eye-popping look .

Still, it's a very entertaining movie and it brings back good memories from my youth.

James"kletskop"Tolkan was also very enjoyable as detective Lubic.

All I felt while watching the MotU movie, besides boredom, was a vague sense of embarrassment and unease: had I really looked forward to this cr*p as a kid?

Sure, we got some excellent FX work, a great Bill Conti score, and a terrific Castle Grayskull throne room set, but we also got bad costumes, a stupid Grayskull exterior that looks like a pirate ship, a plotless script that's all noise and no depth, substandard fight choreography, and really bad acting.

Also dragged along is Detective Lubic (James Tolkan, the Principal from the Back to the Future films) and they all end up in Eternia to listen to another Langella monologue and eventually see He-Man save the Sorceress and kick Skeletor's ass.

Well presented take on the cartoon series, and entertaining storyline for those without the background .

An enjoyable romp of a movie, aimed at kids of all ages and enjoyed by many.

All in all watch this movie because it's really, quite engrossing.

There's only one thing terrible about this movie--It's terribly entertaining!

if u didnt like it u must be boring .

In which case go back to watching so called classics and pick out another sweater from bland wardrobe and rot.

Piece of well put together, entertaining, eighties cheese .

Being derived from an already pretty vapid cartoon series, the film even blands it out further, with a mawkish, tritely sentimental end and a predictable plot.

This is a great sci-fi action flick fantasy, which is very entertaining and is meant for all viewers of all ages.

By this one action, they take everything that made the cartoon exciting to kids and flush it down the toilet.

Courtney Cox (TV sitcom "Friends") is bland as Julie .

While I did watch the cartoon, even as a child I got bored a couple of episodes in and found it repetitive and mindless.

Forget Jack Nicholson and his boring Joker.

The film is highly enjoyable in a campy way, and entertaining to watch.

" I've read people dogging Masters of the Universe and, with boring crap like Groove getting praise for being original (Human Traffic?

Well worth watching if you were a fan of the cartoon.

For a film to be so bad it's unwatchable, to me, it has to be as shallow and boring as, say Groove.

Instead, we got a couple of new creatures; we got annoying teenagers that could only exist in 1980's Americana and, of course, Charlie, the most pointless character in the annals of cinema.

But this film is just a particularly empty,rather soulless mess.

The colourful combination of the good guys and bad guys so entertaining to watch in the way superior kid's show is totally absent here.

The dialogue is appalling, the action is predictable and is only there as an excuse to kill more time.

The performances of most of our actors range from adequately bland (Courtney Cox) to unacceptably terrible (poor Billy Barty), with Dolph Lundgren in particular even more stiff than his hulking muscles appear to be.

I had the toys, the books, the lunch box, the underwear-pretty much everything I owned, in fact, bore the likeness of my all-time favorite cartoon character.

Laughable, Boring and Lacks Any Real Energy .

However, it's good enough, in-yer-face and quite exciting to watch, with He-Man taking out hordes of bad guys with his sword, laser beams everywhere, mass destruction and some good old rough and tumble.

As a whole, it's a chase, but it's a slow chase.

It is so bad it is actually entertaining for taking itself so seriously and the story, when not on Earth is average.

I think it would fit well in the 250 worst movies of all time chart.

The bad thing about that is the film clocks in at 107-minutes, which is way too long for this type of thing.

This would-be epic about ¨ Sword and witchery¨ is an entertaining romp through space and time .

He is to talk slow, be level-headed, and search for justice.

Few will give it a chance and realize the direction is good, the acting is good, the music is good, that it's exciting, funny, scary, suitably epic and absolutely action-packed and that it looks fantastic.

Filmation's prior feature, the limited-release "Secret of the Sword" is historic for its cheapness factor (as it is a condensed version of the first 5 episodes of the She-Ra TV show), but at least it's enjoyable.

Sure, it could have been much better, but for any He-Man fan, this movie is worth watching.

It shouldn't really be enjoyable when it has so much working against it!

I think Sorceress' outfit is bad, some special effects look dull and Dolf Lundgren's (He-Man) accent is terrible.

The movie is quite easy to take from start to finish, with pacing that doesn't falter, lots of colourful visuals and effects, a score by Bill Conti automatically calling to mind John Williams's work for "Superman" and "Star Wars", and entertaining characters, although the villains definitely fare better than the heroes; Langella is commanding as Skeletor, and Meg Foster likewise delicious as Evil-Lyn.

As we were to see afterward, with wasted projects like Lost in space key things that made the cartoon entertaining only appeared once if at all.

All in all, I think this is the best of the many low-budget STAR WARS imitations that came out in the 80s and a very entertaining drive-in style "night at the movies.

I'm pleased to say I still enjoyed it as much as I did back then!

But the special effects and acting are great, the film has a lot of exciting set pieces, and some great monster make up effects (Skelator rules!

I saw it again recently and enjoyed it.

They mastered the art of boredom...

And you will certainly those who are habituated to the fast action, will certainly resent the slow action.

It is entertaining and have qualities on many levels.

Though the make-up, costumes and special F/X are a bit cheesy, and overall the acting is bad, Goddard has put together a movie that is fun and exciting, and by lightening up on the menace has made it accessible to the whole family, including the younger set-- and, of course, since it's based on the children's animated TV series, it's just what you would expect, or should I say, hoped for, going in.

see it for what it is, a entertaining movie.

But I actually enjoyed it - until it came to Earth, which was a mistake...

Cheesy but entertaining .

The film as a whole is kind of a bore and pretty forgettable, which is probably how I felt as a kid, too.

On of the worst movies of all time .

It has a trite plot, terrible acting, and special effects that were bad even for the 80s.

Very enjoyable .

Worth The Watch .

Everyone else is just too vapid, too bland, and just too unsuited for the roles to be any good.

Jon Cypher is particularly uninspiring as Man-at-Arms.

Though the constraints of its relatively low budget do show in places and it has not aged as well as it might, Masters of the Universe is an enjoyable sword-and-sorcery space opera better than most of the kid-vids of its time and still well worth a viewing.

Action is slow.

But "Masters of the Universe" is cult and entertaining for the fans.

It's a surprisingly entertaining movie that delivers plenty of enjoyable escapism.

this really is your typical fantasy film of the era, every cliché every funny little niche is here as you would expect and the funny thing is it was actually meant to be a blockbuster.

However,having watched it again last night,I now consider it to be a pretty fundamentally empty film.

This movie is definitely worth watching if you're a fan of He-Man, Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Star Trek Voyager, or Courtney Cox-Arquette.

The story is as interesting and gripping as any, and all the actors put a great performance in their roles, especially Frank Langella with that brilliant make-up job.

This movie is very exciting and a great one to watch over and over.

Other actors as James Tolkan (who played a cliché detective who waits his retirement), Neil Cypher (Man at Arms was not that special) was solid, Chelsea Field (Teela was not that much developed also, she was there to look good in her tight white battle-armor… ).

Most of this is just boring.


It's definitely an enjoyable film if you view it with the spirit in which we made it - which was to be engaging family sci-fi.

Actually, it was a more than halfway decent realisation of a cheap and cheerful, formulaic Saturday morning cartoon.

Director Gar Goddard does quite an generic job with David Odell's scratchily rapid screenplay (with an uncalled for sappy conclusion), but the speedy story does have its moments and Goddard generates a couple exciting flashes of creative gusto.

The overall plot is predictable as hell.

Cheesy but Enjoyable Sci Fi Adventure.

Okay, so this film isn't exactly Oscar material, but it's extremely enjoyable!

The acting was wonderful, the story line was suspenseful, and the overall fantasy was enthralling.

Along the way two annoying kids tag along with our heroes for a (boring) match between good and evil.

Evil-Lyn resents Skeletor for absorbing all the power of the Universe without sharing it with her, she deserts him along with the other henchmen.

Not awful, just boring .

"Masters of the Universe" is a silly but entertaining fantasy adventure film.

And the resolution at the end is so predictable and cheesy I even stood up in the theater as a six-year-old kid and yelled, "Bulls***!

Like Langella, Foster manages to convey evil without too much menace, and few actors have such absorbing, riveting eyes, which she uses to great effect here.

The pace is also very uneven, first you have about 10-15 minutes of very fast fight scenes in Eternia and then the action is transfered to Earth and the pace becomes rather slow, taking the time to introduce all the earth characters and their motivation.

However, the dazzling, pale-green eyed actress Meg Foster, in my opinion, makes it worth watching.

It has its share of plot holes and some bad effects, but for what it is worth, it is fast paced (stuff almost always happens except those 'family' stories), costumes are funny, one-liners are cheesy, sets are interesting and so on.