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Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly di fferent in tone and approach), Popeye follows the sailor man with the mi ghty arms (played by Robin Williams in his first major film role) as he arrives in the seaside community of Sweethaven in search of his long-lo st father. Popeye meets and quickly f alls for the slender Olive Oyl (Sh elley Duvall, in the role she was born to play), but Olive's hand has al ready been promised to the hulking Bluto (Paul Smith), of whom Olive ca n say little except, well, he's large. Eventually, Popeye and Olive are brought togethe r by Swee' Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), an adorable foundling , and Popeye finally meets his dad, Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston). Direct or R obert Altman in no way tempered his trademark style for this big-bu dget family opus, crowding the screen with a variety of character s and allowing his cast to overlap as much dialogue as they want.]]>
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Neither totally cartoony nor over-the-top live action laugh fest (a la The Grinch), it ambles its way musically around one of the most delightful set pieces ever constructed from scratch for a moving picture, the seaside village of "Sweethaven" on the Isle of Malta. Add the absolute commitment to its main characters, played straight by Robin Williams and Shelley Duval, a brilliant song cycle by the Nilsson at his best, and the talk-over style (complete with barely discernible Popeye mumbling asides) by Robert Altman and it is one fine bit of cinema joy. Let it grow on you and discover its many charms. It gets better with age.
Nonetheless, there were cans in this movie, cans filled with spinach to give Popeye secret strength to fight off his number one nemesis, Pluto, to battle for the heart of his affections, Olive Oyl.
To say this 1980 movie is bizarre is an understatement. Let's try hyper-bizarre. This movie is an artistic, avant-garde statement of the highest order. It's so unlike any that I've ever seen before. This movie just makes me think of art like seeing a Picasso.
By far, the visuals are the most attention-catching, second the customs, third the markups. The visuals from the cliffs to the boats are spectacular and eye-catching.
From the sleepy harbor of Sweethaven, to the buildings and houses on the cliff and hills, this movie has a European art house flair to it. Yet it's based on a classic American cartoon hero: Popeye.
I'm sure when this high-budget film was released thirty-five years ago, the European film makers took notice. Another wave was heading for the shoreline; the wave carried Popeye the Sailor Man. I could see the great European directors, like Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro taking notice, and of course taking notes: a new wave of film making was rolling to the shore.
This film is so unlike Hollywood's typical blockbuster releases. It makes an artistic statement rather than box office drumbeats which millions of fans follow along to the cinema. An art movie for the mainstream, what a concept!
THE DISC: This is a barebones release from Paramount, with no special features to speak of. The only thing "special" is that you can choose between a 5.1 Surround or Stereo track. The transfer was decent, with no visible damage; and the sound mix was also pretty good, but not really dynamic or spectacular. At some points, the post-production dubbing stuck out more than usual, though. Honestly, this film deserves a better release but with the director and star both passed away, a special release seems unlikely. Maybe one day they'll see fit to release it on Blu-ray.
OVERALL: This is a very unique film that has a lot of elements to recommend it, even if the narrative is a little uneven/messy. The disc presentation isn't the greatest, but it's the best we have at the moment.
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