Speed Review: She (1984) - SHE! SHE! SHE! September 14, 2020 08:00
In a post-apocalyptic world an Amazonian "goddess" helps two brothers rescue their sister from the clutches of a band of marauders known as the Norks. While supposedly "inspired" by the classic English novel She (most well known for the 1965 film adaptation by Hammer Films starring Ursula Andress) there are very few similarities with exception of the name "She" the immortal goddess played by Sandahl Bergman. Instead what this film resembles is a mixture of Red Sonja meets Mad Max, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
While She is far from perfect what the film gets right is the casting of Sandahl Bergman, what a shame she didn't get more roles like this in the 80's (with the exception of very minor parts in Conan The Barbarian and Red Sonja). Bergman running around in a loin cloth with a sword the entire film makes She worth the watch at least once on that note alone. While the film's plot is wafer thin and doesn't reach much further than the characters escaping from one situation after another on their journey to the Nork territory, it manages to interject interesting characters along the way with a decent amount of well placed light humor.
While the humor was something I felt overtook a similar genre of film like Deathstalker II, She doesn't let it get too out of hand. It wasn't a bombardment of camp simply for the sake of it, but a balanced mixture of light and dry humor with plenty of action, and Bergman, sustaining an average level of enjoyment. With that said I will admit I enjoyed the film a bit more the first time around, on repeat watches obvious plot holes stood out more and the film seemed a bit slow at times. Still overall She is a decent popcorn film and being filmed in Italy manages to capture that certain production value that similar films in the USA during the same period couldn't quite get right.