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King Neptune

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jul 6, 2015

Good looking character, bragging and blustering quite unattractively. Hey! Those mermaids aren’t wearing any tops. They’re very awkwardly drawn too. There’s a bit of nice fish business, but this is basically bland antagonism between the sea creatures (at war like in The Spider and the Fly) and the pirate baddies. Bland except for that effeminate one, who seems most gratuitous, and is pretty funny. Bland except for the fact that the pirates seem to be in the process of raping the red-headed mermaid that they catch. The red hair—you know, as in the little girl’s coat in Schindler’s List—draws your eye to the incident. C’mon, you guys!

Neptune’s rising leads to some reasonably impressive tempest imagery, and movement.