Yes, this live action He-Man isn't good, but the campy nature of the sets and bad acting make it a fun movie to watch. I remember seeing this movie in the theaters in its first run. And, I was really disappointed with it because it didn't feel like the cartoon shot at all.
Part of the problem is that it was produced by Cannon Films, which is one of the worst studios ever built. Their motto was “keep it cheap, make it bad”. They were same studio that made the horrible Superman IV: Quest for Peace. This studio somehow made a worst movie in the series than Superman III.
The other huge problem is they didn't bother to keep it close to the source material (The Cartoon Show). The cartoon was a huge hit. But, there is a reason for that. From IMDB, ((Many viewers reviewed the motion picture in comparison to the cartoon, when it really was an adaptation of the toys only (which initially depicted He-Man as a barbarian in the first mini-comics (not Prince Adam or Orko). Ed Pressman was interested in the property before the cartoon was even aired and purchased the movie rights of the Mattel characters, not Filmation's who had no involvement whatsoever in the film. Also it was logistically too complicated and expensive to include creatures such as Battle Cat. ))
Yet, this movie wouldn't have gotten the green light without the huge success of the cartoon show. So, it is strange that they would ignore that fact.
Just for the sheer campy nature of the movie, it might be alright to check it out today.
~New Gods: It was also mentioned in the IMDB page that this movie is clearly a homage to Kirby's New Gods. When you see Skeletor's actual plot, it is clearly Darkseid.
~When you press the cosmic key, it shows small portal and music. Was this the demo button?
~Frank Langella is really hamming it up with his Skeletor. It might be too much for even me. His makeup is that bad.
~Courteney Cox is very cute as the female lead.
~Pig Boy: There was a contest for a fan to appear in the film and a young boy named Richard Szponder. You can get all the details about his experiences in the movie and so on here.
~Dolph Lundgren is terrible. Actually, he is worst here than in Rocky IV. Why did they pick him as He-Man?
~James Tolkan is playing the same character he played in Back to the Future. Slacker!
~Robert Duncan McNeill: People know him from Star Trek Voyager and TNG (He is also a good TV Director too), but this was one of his earlier roles.
Did Skeletor turn “Fabulous”?
And, what a lame way to kill off Skeletor. You have him falling off a cliff. That was the most overused cliché from the 80s and 90s.
Meg Foster is a character actress. She's been in a lot of sci-fi and fantasy movies. She has the prettiest eyes. I swear. Plus, she was in an episode of DS9, playing a deadly muse.
Joan Rivers in the year 2071, uh, I mean today.