Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mr. Popeye Builds Olive's Nightmare House

This one could very well begin where The Two-Alarm Fire ended.  Alas, Bluto seems to be out of the picture, as Popeye heads to the scene of the fire with his trusty sidekick Wimpy.  And by trusty, I mean that you can trust Wimpy to do nothing but eat hamburgers.  If J. J. Abrams ever makes a Popeye movie, he'll have Wimpy save the day with a plot that involves saving the world through consumption of beef.  You can bank on it.
Anyway, here's a bargain that no fireman in their right minds today would ever agree to: since Popeye got to Olive's fire, or "house warming" as he jokingly calls it, a bit too late, finding Olive and all her pets on the front porch sobbing their eyes out, Popeye agrees to build Olive a new house.  Arguably, Popeye probably doesn't do that for all his customers.  And so, a good setting for a great comedy is bourne: you can never go wrong with a construction site when it comes to gags, can you?  You know, like when Steven Seagal pushes that one guy's shoulder into a band saw blade in Under Siege.  Frickin' high-larious.
And so, the spiral wipe is born, as you can see from the image.  Bet that was a pain to do for the aminators!  Anyway, various gags abound as Popeye, Olive and Wimpy try to put the house back together again.  For the most part, Wimpy acts as the agent of chaos, but his heart is sort of in the right place, as clogged as it is with beef fat.  And I'm pleasantly surprised!  He manages to hit nails with a hammer without eating a burger simultaneously!
To cut to the chase, suffering the same fate as Ned Flanders' rebuilt house after Hurricane Barbara, Olive's house ultimately crumbles to the ground.  On the plus side, the roof goes first.  Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this one, but I had a sneaking suspicion that Popeye was going to eat his spinach and rebuild the whole house by himself.  Alas, Mother Nature herself functions as the proverbial Bluto in this particular outing.  What I didn't quite see coming... SPOILER ALERT... was the house that spinach built also falling apart.  Olive is once again reduced to tears, and Wimpy starts up his favourite hobby right then and there.  Well, burgers do taste better with a little sawdust and asbestos on the side!  Even Bourdain knows that.  In Popeye's ending song, he vows to keep trying.  Again, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this one, but I thought that that was the whole point of Popeye's spinach-induced frenzies!  He makes things better.  This is why we need Bluto back.  Popeye's mending skills involve kicking Bluto's ass.

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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