Popeye (1980)

Robert Altman directs Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall and Ray Walston in this comic strip adaptation about the super strong sailor and his romance with a whiny damsel in distress.

What a mess! The first 30 minutes are near incomprehensible – the trademark overlapping dialogue, busy ensemble and drab visuals of an Altman work proving completely unsuitable for a kid’s musical. It does improve slightly. There are minor musical numbers and set pieces that, though cack handedly finished, do have some punch to them. The cast all look the part (though Williams’ adult ad-libbing is very inappropriate when discernible) and the full fishing village set is impressive. A production so ungainly and obtuse you stare deeply into it trying to salvage the good from the insane.

3

My Top 10 Robin Williams Movies

1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

2. The Fisher King (1991)

3. Aladdin (1992)

4. Insomnia (2002)

5. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)

6. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

7. One Hour Photo (2002)

8. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

9. Toys (1992)

10. Awakenings (1990)

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