Masters of the Universe


Fantasy elements

sword and sorcery


[Masters of the Universe]
The film of the toys.

Skeltor has gained control of Greyskull Castle, and He-Man (a suitably muscled Dolph Lundgrun) and pals flee with the Cosmic Key to present-day Earth. The Key is discovered, for reasons too implausible to go into here, by a pair of high school kids, Julie (an unrecognisably young pre- Friends Courteney Cox) and Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeill, Tom Paris from ST:Voyager ). Can He-Man get the Key back before Evil-Lyn (Meg Foster) and her legions of evil find it?

Lots of comic-book mayhem, very little plot. But the actors mostly play it straight (which must be difficult in those costumes), and it makes for good brainless fun.

Rating: 4.5

[ unmissable | worth watching | passes the time | mind candy | waste of time | unfinishable ]

reviewed 1 April 1998