A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.
Fielding Mellish, an individual who fails to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend, finds himself dragged into South America, where he accidentally becomes a libertarian who will be left in charge of the negotiations with the United States.
Bananas is a film that perfectly defines Woody Allen's style before deepening both his romantic and dramatic side. Formerly, his films were just an accumulation of dry jokes (some simple and some more complex), pure comedies that do not have much to offer besides funny gags. Most of the jokes actually land (there are a few gags that don't work as well as Woody wished), but the truth is that Bananas is simply and easily forgettable.
Woody Allen offers you a very…
"Bananas" may be the closest writer/director/star, Woody Allen, ever comes to Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, and the Marx Brothers. Though not of the same quality as Brooks' best parodies, Kubrick's "Dr. Stangelove..." or the brothers Marx's "Duck Soup," the film bears similar qualities to each. However, this political satire and romantic comedy is pure Allen, and, though it can be compared to the above greats, it is full of signature Allen moments.
Built around a New York City nebbish who finds himself entangled in a Latin American revolution, the film has Allen playing a typically Allenesque character. Intellectual, unlucky in love, and talkative, Allen's Fielding Mellish is little different than Alvy Singer or any of the similarly quirky romantics Allen…
La película donde Woody Allen se enfrenta a Stallone.
O donde tuvo los créditos más coloristas y marchosos.
O donde su personaje se parecía más a Jerry Lewis.
Me he vuelto a reír un montón.
The first half hour tricks you into thinking it's that same Woody Allen movie he always makes but with slapstick, then it turns into a weird Mel Brooks hybrid that I loved.
The best part was when Sylvester Stallone beat the shit out of Woody Allen because it's what I've always wanted to do.
I haven't watched a Woody Allen movie in more years than I could guess. When I was young and would watch anything on TV I caught Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, Mighty Aphrodite and enough buts and pieces of Curse of the Jade Scorpion to know I'd love it if I ever sat down and watched it properly.
Then in college I was given, literally, a garbage bag FILLED with cassettes that a middle aged lady didn't want anymore. In there were some interesting klezmer tapes, some old mix tapes, a lot of 70's singer-songwriter kind of stuff and a Woody Allen stand up tape. This renewed my dormant interest in the man years after seeing a…
Perhaps the strongest of Allen's 'early, funny ones', Bananas is still Woody erecting a fairly skeletal framework of a plot to hang his inventive verbal and physical gags on. It's not until later that he begins to get the balance right.
That is not to say that there isn't plenty to like here. Anybody that can combine adept Marx Brothers goofery with knowingly highbrow nods to miserablist Danish existentialist Søren Kierkegaard without the whole thing disintegrating at the seams is obviously doing something right. The story is also bookended by two genuinely hilarious scenes of sports reportage about topics that really shouldn't have that kind of journalism.
The story itself involves Fielding Mellish (Allen), a products tester, who takes off…
Woody Allen's most Marxist (brothers) film. The plot isn't as potent as his later work because so much of the film is joke and gag oriented.
I'm really not too keen on Woody Allen as a person, but I'm trying to catch up on his filmography to see if I've been missing anything this whole time. This was fine - I love Louise Lasser in just about anything and some of the jokes were funny, but otherwise kinda meh. Not for me.
"… and the national rifle association declares death a good thing."
Hey isn't that Sylvester Stallone as one of the Subway Train thugs
Average but still with a few laughs
It's neat to watch Woody in his earlier, goofier days, but this film just isn't very funny. And without the comedy there isn't a whole lot left to like about it. It's interesting to consider this was merely six years before he made the great Annie Hall.
Far weaker than its reputation. Many scenes run too long, many are weak simply because Allen isn't in them, or because the attempt is more to drive the comedy with a silly idea rather than strong jokes.
I’m trying to think of the words to describe Bananas… they’re missing… I don’t know, it’s just, they’re all missing …
Oh. Funny. Clever. Witty. Classic Woody Allen. Surprisingly political. Overall, yes, it did have great pith.
Python esque satire, inherently inconsistent but really funny for the most part. So much better than I expected, actually.
Movies that are slightly off.
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