The First Virtual I Hate Robert Altman Film Festival wraps up tomorrow night, Thursday, March 18, at 9:15 EST with me live-blogging the hit that was the bomb that nearly ended Altman’s career, Popeye.
The knock on Popeye has been that it’s a big, noisy mess that was a critical and commercial disaster. But Popeye actually made money, Roger Ebert liked it, kids loved it, and still love it---it’s a very popular rental. I saw it when it came out and was disappointed but because it started out beautifully, turned sloppy about two thirds in, and ended without an ending.
The casting didn’t disappoint me though. Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall are perfect as Popeye and Olive Oyl. They’re reason enough to watch it again.
We’ll see how it holds up. Please join even if you haven’t watched it in a while and forgot to order a copy from Netflix or the library to watch along with us. This is one time when it won’t be rude to talk during the movie.
You can still "rent" it from Amazon.
By the way, part of my disappointment with the movie is that part of the story line was taken from one of my favorite Popeye cartoons, the one in which Popeye goes looking for his Pappy on Goon Island and yet Altman forgot to include any Goons. Here’s the cartoon: