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For sure, the name of this documentary is a mouthful. But for something that describes itself as definitive, you’d expect as much. As a title, Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is fairly self-explanatory as to its contents, and definitive it certainly is.
With that in mind – and for the sake of a word count – I’m going to refer to the movie as Grayskull for the rest of this review.
Now I feel as though I have to make it clear straight off the bat – this is a movie that’s right in my wheelhouse. One of my favourite things about the rise of Netflix and online streaming services is how much unfettered access we all now have to documentary films about any number of topics. A few years ago we would have needed to tune into some obscure channel at 1am or go to a niche cinema to learn about the awful things happening at SeaWorld or indeed the history of a toy line made by Mattel.
I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books – hardly any in fact. My reading habits are usually reserved for biographies, stories of how movie studios were set up or represent further reading of topics introduced to me by documentaries like Grayskull.
And as much as I’d like to do some further reading on the history of He-Man, I don’t think I’d be able to find anything I don’t now know thanks to this movie. It’s an impressively curated documentary that’s both informative and entertaining. It’s like a really well-put together, much more engaging version of that rabbit hole you fall down when starting at a specific page on Wikipedia before continuing to click, going deeper and deeper into a subject.
Grayskull was written and directed by Randall Lobb and Robert McCallum, the former being the writer/director of 2014’s Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, another documentary that I absolutely loved. Both being ‘definitive’ movies, they share a lot of the same DNA; that is the ability to tell an almost exhaustive story in a really engaging way.