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!
Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Woody Allen, 100%
Ah, the earlier, funnier ones. So early in Woody Allen's filmography, in fact, it doesn't even include his trademark opening credits sequence, whilst his narrative anxieties are instead treated as a series of surreal non-sequiturs channeling everything from silent film to broad slapstick. This isn't the confessional comedian we know and love, but a completely different beast altogether- the jokes are undeniably hit and miss, but when they hit, it is hard not to wish Woody just made one more like this.
Well, I say it isn't confessional. The film does contain this line of dialogue, spoken by Woody: "I'm doing a sociological study on perversion. I'm currently on advanced child molestation". I'm just going to leave that here with no comment.
Feels like a parody of a Woody Allen film, to be honest.
It has some incredible moments, and there's often terrific satire. Yet, the film often feels cheap and goes for quick and easy gags. There's something smart going for it but it isn't realised as well as it could be; the slapstick just felt a bit off. Definitely Allen at his most crude and undefined.
I liked what he had to say in several scenes and how he went about saying them could be both smart and hilarious. There is greatness here, yet it's scattered so few and far between the sluggishly-paced film.
Also, it isn't a great film to come back to in light of the allegations against Allen. There was one incest joke and a couple of molestation ones. It just feels off.
More Airplane! than Annie Hall but a great example of Allen's exceptional talent for slapstick alongside his trademark wit. A little rough around the edges perhaps, but Bananas serves as a riotously funny, thoroughly enjoyable and downright silly entry in the Woody Allen canon.
In Woody Allen's 1971 slapstick comedy "Bananas," Allen stars as Fielding Mellish, a neurotic New York Jew (of course) who travels to the politically unstable South American nation of San Marcos to impress his social activist girlfriend, only to wind up hilariously embroiled in the country's socialist revolution.
Allen has made so many great films over the years, both comedic and dramatic, but I feel like a lot of his early, straight-on slapstick comedy films often get lost in the shuffle. Sure, "Bananas" is missing the nuanced characters and compelling narrative of later comedies like "Annie Hall" or "Hannah and Her Sisters," but what it lacks in coherence, it makes up for in sheer absurdism and goofiness. Allen, undeniably the…
Every bit as batty as the title suggests. The middle section seriously sags, but its worth watching for the Wide World of Sport sketches that bookend the film alone.
Liked the concept, liked the presentation.... No bananas.
"We fell in love! Well, I fell in love. She just stood there."
Even before Annie Hall, Woody Allen proved himself to be one of the greatest humorists of modern comedy, and Bananas exemplifies that. His influences from Chaplin and the Marx Brothers are highly apparent, and his unique style was beginning to glimmer through. Out of all of his "early funny ones," Bananas is the closest to what the future held for Allen.
Ripe (is that a fruit pun?) with pseudo-existential themes and satire engrained in its core, this comedy will provide non-stop laughing. The deli scene is probably one of my favorite bits Allen, or anyone for that matter, has ever done, too. The early traces of Allen's editing for comedic pacing can be found in dialogue driven scenes, which is…
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