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BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL! 'Masters of the Universe' Has the Power Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary!

Written by Zechs on Wednesday, August 09 2017 and posted in News with Benefits
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BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL! 'Masters of the Universe' Has the Power Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary!

Yes, I have the power now to make a 30th Anniversary article for this movie and break the soul of one viewer.



We have celebrated 30th Anniversaries of movies before, and today we shall do it again with Masters of the Universe. How foolish of me to completely even forget this one, until I was reminded on my Facebook feed of it by a friend. Now I know what you're thinking: why the same hell are you celebrating Masters of the Universe. This bloody movie:

To which I retort: why not? 

Oh sure, you can go on forever about. "THERE'S NO ORKO!" "THERE'S NO KRINGER!" The color base was as if Zach Synder time traveled to 1987 to test out his DCEU concepts back then. These characters look nothing like the characters we adore in the 80s cartoon! You did this five years ago goddammit! 

Again, because this is Transformers: The Movie on an epic scale. This is Cannon Films thinking, "Hey we want our own franchise. Our Star Wars." And this was their meal ticket (even if the property was dipping and we were on the eve of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to annihilate all). Look at this film and do not tell me there was passion behind it. The designs scream Jack Kirby in every way possible with some of the craziness in their designs. 

The characters who don't appear in it? Deadweight to me removed! The principal characters were all there. He-Man, Skeletor, Man at Arms, Teela, Evil-Lyn, Beastman, and the Sorceress of Grayskull.

But there is one other reason why this movie transcends above all else, and that, of course, is the portrayal of Skeletor by Frank Langella. There is a level of acting here Langella channels that quite honestly has never been matched (as I noted waaaay back in Most Underrated Villains). Go ahead, compare you villains of today in these genre movies and now compare them to Skeletor in this one (really the only one who ever came the closest was Raul Julia in Street Fighter). 

He achieves his goals from the onset. He clearly wants the hero dead but realizes the futility of just doing it. To simply kill He-Man would make him a martyr, a saint. The contempt for his minions is even magnified now than just knocking them down. They fail, they die. Gone is the "NYAAAH" and replaced with a truly calculating mind that is careful of his goals until the climax, when it becomes, "FUCK IT! My enemies must all die or I lose everything!" 

But besides Langella's Skeletor, there are many words of wisdom to follow. To this day I quote Man of Arm's immortal words of, "Never think while you're hungry." Or even at my most depressed, I look to the sage words of Gwildor says to Kevin. Of course, this is just barely touching the other's who are exceedingly well.

Yes, this movie is just downright silly at its core. It hits cliches that probably were the original forebearers of what current movies have used as their plots. But given this was based on a toyline. I'm going to overlook those sorts of flaws. Why? When this is based on a toyline, why complain when it goes down somewhere differently? It's obvious those who worked on this film had the time of their lives making this film. So why can't I enjoy the ride as well since their performances are just as enjoyable.





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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.

 


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