As I got older and the internet became a thing… imagine my surprise when one of my childhood favorites didn’t do very well at the box office. I mean I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised, given the lack of sequels, but I loved this movie. It is, in my opinion, one of the better fantasy movies to come out of the 80s.
Oh God Jim, really??? But come on, the movie sucked!
Thank you for that, here is my response:
But… but… but…
Yup, that’s always where the argument ends. This is a shining example of what I mean when I say that a good bad guy can save an otherwise bland/boring/flat-out bad story and make a great story even better.
Skeletor was performed here by the criminally underrated Frank Langella who was clearly not only having fun with this character, but giving it his all. In an interview back when the movie came out, he mentioned that he did this movie because his kids loved He-Man so much and it clearly shows.
Wait wait wait, Jim the character is NOTHING like the one in the Cartoon!
… would you really have rather had someone portray this in real life?
I think not.
Granted, the movie’s skeletor isn’t the original by any stretch. This is Skeletor as portrayed by Langella and I’m sorry, it’s better!
So really, that’s it? You love the movie because of one character. That’s your only argument?
Do I really need another?
Also, that is not my only argument. The movie is supposedly supposed to take place AFTER the events of the TV show. Which to me is a bold choice, given that most people think that after a show ends, its all happily ever after and roses. NOPE! The movie opens with Eternia getting completely overrun and their remaining armies scattered and in shambles. Their leader retreats off world.
But Jim, didn’t you JUST say that this plot line of sending characters to modern day Earth has been done over and over?
Sigh… yes, I did. But this is when movies JUST started doing this. Last Action Hero, Roger Rabbit, etc. were all coming out around this time period. So back then it hadn’t been done ‘to death.’
I still can’t believe you like this! The characters are…
Yeah okay, but the scenery…
But… but… the writing…
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