Review: Popeye (1980)
Popeye is one of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. Given his popularity , it was only a matter of time before a big screen film was made. Released in 1980, this film told the tale of the worlds best known sailor, but how does it hold up 33 years later?
Plot: The sailor-man travels to a seaside town called Sweethaven, falls in love with Olive Oyl, adopts Swee'pea, and makes an enemy with Bluto.
Thoughts: The films plot was a little on the light side. The story's weak points do hold it back , but it still manages to tell a decent story despite these faults.
Acting: The actors in this film did an outstanding job , fully becoming and bringing their respective characters to life. Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall are shining examples of this. Their portrayals of Popeye and Olive Oyl are second to none , and they had everything from the mannerisms to the characters personalities down.
What I liked: The film had a TON of characters in it from the cartoons. The diversity and changing faces meant you never had to see the same bunch of characters in scenes over and over again. This kept things fresh and made the screen time more evenly distributed.
What I disliked: The films plot is fairly weak, I'd have to say I've seen more plot in an hour long tv show.
Overall: What it lacks in story , it makes up for with excellent use of characters and some decent musical numbers. What the film lacks in plot , the inclusion of interesting characters more than makes up for it.
Final Grade: B