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!
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…
I had seen parts of this as a kid so seeing the whole thing and thinking, oh yea I saw that part was pretty cool. This had the slapstick of an Airplane but with a good bit of dialog and interesting characters. Stallone and Howard Cosell were pretty cool to see in here. Overall this wasn't really a laugh out loud kind of movie but the satire was worth seeing.
It's pretty segmented - seemingly just a framework on which to hang a bunch of individual jokes - which would be more forgivable if I found it funnier. Still, it's very pleasant to watch and it does have a few really great moments (th opening, in particular).
Certainly had its strong moments (ordering food for the rebels in the diner being maybe the best), but Bananas suffers from long scenes with only weak jokes and a script that doesn't hold up to its concept. A remake, maybe with Fred Armisen, could be interesting though...
The Hamlisch music is great, and I chuckled a bit about the casket headphones, but this film's not so great. VIVA MARIA's so much better.
As much as I like the Woodman's work with Keaton, the underrated Farrow, and all his other muses, it really is a shame Allen didn't make more films with Louise Lasser. Watching them play a scene together is like watching two athletes at the top of their game.
This picture also displays Allen's tremendous ability as a physical comedian, which is something he's left in the toolbox since moving away from his early, funny pictures (with the occasional exception like Broadway Danny Rose and Small Time Crooks).
I wouldn't give up Allen's mature career for anything even if I could, but revisiting this -- the funniest of his pure comedies -- helps me to understand the attitudes he satirized in Stardust Memories, because this is a really fucking funny movie.
Strong gags and sharp one liners fill Woody Allen's very enjoyable comedy. The second half of the film isn't as strong as the first, the tone becomes incoherent and some of the jokes fall flat. Some nice ideas, kinda silly but also kinda clever.
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