Why Masters Of The Universe Will Blow You Away

Why Masters Of The Universe Will Blow You Away


He-Man’s first foray into theaters in 1987
didn’t exactly go as planned, but the once-mighty TV and toy phenomenon is finally poised to
get the reboot treatment. Even though the first movie was a flop, the
new Masters of the Universe is far more likely to blow you away. Here’s why. To say that the 1987 film Masters of the Universe
was a bit of a disappointment would be a massive understatement. The movie starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man,
Frank Langella as the villainous Skeletor, and a young Courteney Cox as a newly introduced
Earthling character named Julia Winston. Cox’s character, in a way, embodied many fans’
major problems with the film. There wasn’t anything wrong with the future
Friends star’s performance, per se, but her having such a key role in the film left fans
hugely frustrated — for two reasons. First, Julia is from Earth — which is also
where most of the film takes place. By contrast, the cartoon and comics were based
on the planet Eternia, a fantastical land that combined elements of sword and sorcery
with science fiction. By taking He-Man out of that familiar setting
and transporting him to Earth, the movie was forced to tell a fish-out-of-water story that
prevented fans from getting to experience He-Man in his element. Secondly, Julia Winston never appeared in
the cartoon, the comics, or the toy line. She was a character created solely for the
film, and she wasn’t the only one. Despite having dozens of well-liked and fascinating
characters at their disposal, the filmmakers chose to forego them all in favor of their
own like keyboard-playing Kevin. “What do you think?” “Sounds great.” The creative team behind the new Masters of
the Universe surely know just what went wrong with the original, and there’s no way they’re
going to repeat the mistakes of the past. Sorry, Kevin. It may be 2019, but these days you’d be forgiven
for thinking it was actually 1989. Everywhere you look in pop culture, the decade
of big hair, neon clothing, and Reaganomics seems to be taking over. Just look at what’s on TV these days: Modern
reboots of classic ’80s series MacGyver and Magnum P.I. are both important blocks of CBS’
primetime lineup, while ABC’s comedy lineup is partly anchored by the ’80s-set The Goldbergs
and The Conners, a continuation of ’80s hit Roseanne. On top of all that, Netflix has a Voltron
reboot, the Full House follow-up Fuller House, ’80s wrestling drama GLOW, and, of course,
the massively popular Stranger Things, which even got Coca-Cola to bring back New Coke
— one of the biggest product failures of all time — as a tie-in. Netflix also produces She-Ra and the Princesses
of Power, a reboot of He-Man’s female-focused spinoff series, which debuted in 1985. If anything, the movie industry is even more
in love with the ’80s. 2019 alone has seen reboots of Child’s Play
and Pet Sematary, with new sequels for The Terminator and Rambo on the way. In 2020, things are going to get even more
retro — with belated sequels for Ghostbusters, Bill & Ted, Coming to America, and Top Gun
all slated for release. Even the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel takes
place in the ’80s, and they’re not even being subtle with that one — the film is literally
called Wonder Woman: 1984. People just can’t get enough of the ’80s right
now, which means the time is ripe for a reboot of one of the decade’s most iconic contributions
to pop culture. Noah Centineo probably isn’t who most Masters
of the Universe fans had in mind for the role of He-Man. The young actor has dark hair instead of Prince
Adam’s signature blond, for example. He’s also fairly slight of build and lacks
a bodybuilder’s physique. On top of that, he’s only 23 years old. That means Centineo was born in 1996 — long
after He-Man had his moment in the sun. But despite his appearance not quite matching
cartoon He-Man’s and his relative youth, Centineo is who Sony Pictures cast for the lead role
in the new Masters of the Universe. And believe it or not, they seem to have known
exactly what they were doing. Centineo may not look much like He-Man, but
he is poised to deliver a memorable performance as the character nonetheless. Centineo burst onto the scene in a big way
in 2018 thanks to his role in the Netflix teen romance To All the Boys I’ve Loved
Before, before appearing in two more films for the streaming giant: Sierra Burgess Is
a Loser and The Perfect Date. Thanks to his charismatic performances in
these films, Centineo has become something of an internet sensation, and his likability
factor will likely go a long way toward helping him sell his incarnation of He-Man. And it’s happened before, too: just take a
look at Chris Pratt. He wasn’t anyone’s idea of a typical action
hero when he was playing chubby slacker Andy Dwyer on Parks & Recreation, but his performance
as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy completely changed people’s perception of him — and
now he’s one of the world’s biggest action stars. Expect Centineo to undergo a similar transformation. And sure, he can work out and throw on a wig
to pull off the look of He-Man, but what’s really going to make his performance memorable
is star quality. Luckily, he’s got that in spades. Two of the hottest genres in pop culture right
now are science fiction and fantasy. For the past several years, the box office
is dominated by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has been trending more and more toward
straight-up science fiction. Avengers: Endgame deals with time travel,
aliens, and all kinds of intergalactic insanity, And, of course, another sci-fi film, Avatar,
was the top box office earner worldwide before Endgame took the crown. On television, fantasy is in vogue, with the
series finale of Game of Thrones recently becoming the most-watched episode of any show
in HBO history. And with multiple Game of Thrones spinoffs
in the works, along with adaptations of Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, it seems
like fantasy will continue to dominate TV for years to come. But it’s when you successfully blend these
two genres that the real magic happens. “Surprise!” Thor: Ragnarok managed to pull this off with
aplomb. By taking Thor, the most fantasy-friendly
Marvel character, and putting him in a retro science-fiction environment, the movie came
up with something truly special and unique. Except, of course, it wasn’t all that unique,
because He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was doing it 35 years earlier. He-Man is about a society on the planet Eternia
where magic and alien technology exist together and are employed equally. He-Man may wield a magic sword and hang out
with a sorceress, but he also sometimes flies a ship that shoots lasers. Fantasy and sci-fi can be tons of fun when
they’re mixed together, and given the franchise’s long-established history of doing just that,
the new Masters of the Universe movie ought to be a blast. Look, not everyone likes He-Man. That’s fair. Prince Adam is kind of a dork, and He-Man
himself is kind of just a buff guy with a bad haircut and no personality. But, like the 1987 original, this new movie
isn’t called “He-Man,” it’s called “Masters of the Universe.” Masters, plural. He-Man is part of an Avengers-like squad that
fights evil, and each one of them is more awesome than the last. There’s Man-At-Arms, who’s a master at every
weapon and has a sick mustache; Teela, a unicorn-riding goddess; and Battle Cat, the armored steed
that Prince Adam’s cowardly tiger Cringer turns into whenever Adam becomes He-Man. And as cool as the heroes of the franchise
are, the villains are even better. Battling against He-Man for the power of Castle
Grayskull are evildoers like Beast Man, a hulking monster; Evil-Lyn, a magic wand-wielding
sorceress with a pun for a name; and Trap Jaw, a cyborg with sharp metal teeth and an
arm that can be swapped out for numerous weapons. All of these bad guys act as henchmen for
Skeletor, one of the most iconic villains in all of genre fiction. Skeletor is a diabolical blue-skinned brute
with a skull for a head and an unquenchable lust for power. For many, he’s the best part of Masters of
the Universe, and seeing him adapted onto the big screen using today’s technology will
be worth the price of admission all on its own. As you’ve probably figured out by now, Masters
of the Universe is a pretty fantastical franchise, full of all kinds of magic powers, battles,
heroes and villains. Oh, and a castle shaped like a skull. Of course, it was relatively easy to show
all of these things in animated form in the 1980s, because all you had to do was draw
them. But bringing it all to life convincingly in
a live-action movie was always going to be a far more difficult task. In the ’80s, CGI was practically unheard of
and most movies were still using puppetry and other practical effects. Puppetry can be fun and definitely has a strong
nostalgia factor nowadays, but it typically isn’t the most convincing visual effect modern
movies have at their disposal. Over the past few years, however, CGI has
finally reached the point where it can create entire worlds and characters that are virtually
indistinguishable from real life. In Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel Endgame,
for instance, the villain Thanos is completely computer and motion capture-generated. Despite all that, however, he still feels
like a real character. His facial expressions and other movements
are incredibly lifelike, and at no point in either of those movies does he ever feel artificial. Using this technology will be the key to creating
a convincing Eternia, and the prospect of seeing the planet come to life like never
before is very exciting indeed. Post-credits scenes have become something
of a given with big blockbusters over the past decade, thanks largely to Marvel popularizing
the trend, but they’ve actually been around for far longer. And although they were rare at the time, post-credits
scenes would still occasionally pop up in some 1980s films — mostly used in comedies
to squeeze in one more joke, like in 1980’s Airplane!, 1987’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,
and 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which had one of the most memorable of the decade. You’re still here? It’s over. Go home.” But then there was the post-credits scene
in the original Masters of the Universe — which remains one of the most notorious ever made. Near the end of the film, He-Man and Skeletor
engage in a final battle that ends when He-Man knocks Skeletor into an unfathomably deep
pit. Skeletor is presumed dead, and the film ends
on a happy note. So far, so normal, right? Well, after the credits have rolled, this
happens. “I’ll be back!” It’s a tantalizing — if slightly lame — promise,
and one which was doubtless made by a bunch of filmmakers who were confident they’d one
day be producing a sequel. But, in the end, it turned out that Skeletor
lied. Because the film was a massive critical and
box office failure, no sequel was ever produced, making Skeletor’s tease at the end of the
film utterly pointless. But now, with the new Masters of the Universe
on the way, Skeletor will finally make his long-awaited return to the silver screen — and
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