Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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…
Bananas is one of Woody Allen's earliest films and the title says it all, it's crazy!
It tells the story of Fielding Mellish, a product tester from New York who deeply fall in love with an activist called Nancy who is trying to restore democracy in a Latin American country called San Marcos. After she leaves him because she wasn't happy in their relationship, Fielding decides to go to San Marcos and there he gets involved with the military rebel forces. This story has hilarious moments and there's a lot of satire and political jokes.
Woody Allen's physical comedy was great and those were my favorite moments in the film, when he was just doing crazy stuff making me laugh without saying a word!
Cinematically, the film is a bit of a mess and some of the humor is dated and/or falls flat. However, the jokes come at a rate of speed that if you were driving a car you would be arrested and jailed for wreckless endangerment. The film still provides plenty of laughs, both verbally and physically.
Early Woody Allen film. Lots of gags, riffs, one-liners. For me, Woody gets old in this mode, and the comic invention just doesn't last through the course of the film. There are great jokes and pieces, obviously: ordering 1000 sandwiches is hilarious, and the entire Howard Cassell bit at the end is genius. When Allen made the leap toward self-seriousness, he revealed more of himself, and that made him more interesting. This is Allen in the vein of Marx Brothers, and his persona flits about, on the surface.
A lot of physical comedy, but really funny.
First watch: 3 star
Funny! Am I the only one who thinks that Allen was probably inspired by Charlie Chaplin for his character in this movie? And that the Cosmo Kramer character in Seinfeld was probably in part inspired by the Allen one in Bananas?
While not as emotionally complex or as brilliant as Annie Hall, Bananas is a likeable and entertaining comedy with Woody Allen really showing of his skill for not only verbal comedy, but also for the physical and visual. The plot is silly, but entertaining and while I didn't properly laugh out loud all that much, I was able to chuckle throughout.
Funniest of Allen's films I've seen so far but it doesn't feel like it has much to it outside of the comedy; I don't think this is a film I'd come back to very much. Still the funniest of Allen's films I've seen so far.
Woody makes a child molestering joke within the first ten minutes and then a old woman lit-er-ally breaks the forth wall as she too, gawps down the lens in disbelief at this.
I think this might be my actual least favorite film in the entire Woody Allen catalog. There are other contenders: STARDUST MEMORIES gets criticized as self-indulgent, SEPTEMBER as a dull lifeless film, and HOLLYWOOD ENDING is just boring and missed the mark. But all of these tried something original in some way. BANANAS, Woody's second film, is just a stupid movie.
His debut, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, was just a loose collection of gags strung together by a mockumentary narrative. None of the jokes in it were particularly intelligent, but there was a creativity to it and a few odd chuckles. BANANAS has much more directorial craftsmanship but the humor is lazy. The dialog consists of "I object, your…
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