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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 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 enjoyable…
"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!
Bananas may lack the comedic focus of Allen's later films but you'd be hard pressed to find one that keeps you laughing as hard on such a routine basis.
The opening scene is a masterpiece in and of itself. Unfortunately the rest of the film isn't as creative or zany as this, although it does offer plenty of good.
The movie has some laugh-out-loud moments. I especially found the banter during the break-up scene to be great. It's good, but it's rather unremarkable. Despite the interesting premise, the highlights of the film come in the first act.
So very silly and so very funny.
Again, Allen tries to find his voice as a filmmaker while indulging in some of the silliest comedy he has ever done. Like Take the Money and Run before it, the result is a mixed bag of clever ideas, absurdist brilliance and gags that go on too long. Here, Allen attempts to satirize the rise of a despot in San Marcos with a storyline that encompasses elements of Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” with Allen playing The Little Tramp throughout most of it until he has to don a ridiculous disguise to pass off as the next ruler. Many of the gags seem like outtakes from Chaplin’s film as well as the underrated Zucker/Abrams comedy “Top Secret!” To Allen’s credit, he…
There are moments of funny, striking satire, but mostly this a film about the great lengths Woody Allen will go to fuck a girl. I often question whether or not we should take into account the personal life of a filmmaker when watching their films. Roman Polanski is well known for having had sex with a very young girl. Should we not watch ROSEMARY'S BABY because of this?
Ultimately I've come to the personal conclusion that we should try to separate the artist from the art, but that's hard to do with a Woody Allen film since all of them, including those not featuring Allen as an actor, are infused with so much of his personality. It's hard not to see and hear Allen in every frame. It's frustrating because I would like to let his films stand on their own, but increasingly it's hard to see his films about anything other than him trying to sleep with a woman.
"I object, your honor! This trial is a travesty. It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham."
Tonally the movie is all over the place, and Allen is getting a feel for directing, but it still has a lot of funny moments. Particularly the satirical nature of the story was hilarious, and some of the random moments.
A silly trifle. The worst of the early Woody. Still has some tremendous scenes due to its sketchish nature.
Hilarious. Woody Allen has made a lot of movies and this is by far one of his most underrated.
Basically a giant, nonsensical canvas on which early Allen tries to hone his satiric and romantic sensibilities. He would have more success in melding the two a few years later with Sleeper, although most of the individual gags here are pretty funny. This is also, to my knowledge, the only instance in which Woody Allen and Sylvester Stallone appear together in the same frame. I think that's reason enough to give it a watch.
Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…