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Woody Allen takes a nostalgic look at the future.
Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.
Performances : 6/10
Story : 5.5/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 5.83/10
The first act of Sleeper is absolutely fucking hilarious. It's terrific. It's like Woody Allen's ode to the visual gag. Half slapstick genius and half neurotic brilliance, this film kicks off with a bang, telling a promising fish out of water story peppered with Allen's usual tricks.
The issue being that after that first third the laughs drop off twice the size of the one Woody drives his VW off of. What started off as a smart, original and hilarious story veers into this strange, almost TOO wacky series of missed one-liners. I don't know...maybe it's my fault for losing interest. I just don't see how over…
Another one of Woody Allen's early funny films. A futuristic story clever and witty as always.
This film is not to be taking seriously, it's supposed to be stupidly funny and provide you with a great time of entertainment. In Sleeper Woody Allen combined verbal and a lot of physical humour, delivering a great performance together with Dianne Keaton.
The concept of the story is very cool, all of the futuristic the design sets and vehicles are minimalist and original.
Social satire is also very present, specially in political aspects. Woody's back in 1973 was trying to show how the world could be exaclty the same in those aspects even 200 years ahead of it's time, and it is also another proof that even today some things are not different or ever will be in the future.
Woody Allen sends his nebbish persona into the future with Sleeper, a wacky but consistently funny sci-fi comedy that harkens back to the silent comedy days with it's sight gags and visual buffoonery, coupled with Woody's quick wit and one-liners, making for an altogether entertaining and hilarious experience. One of the "early, funny ones". With costume design work from future murderer of the Batman franchise, Joel Schumacher.
Woody's "early, funny films" just aren't as good, or as funny, as his later ones. This tribute to silent comedians like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harry Langdon and Harpo Marx (the latter a mute comic in sound films) is perhaps the weakest of the bunch.
Allen plays the manager of a health food store, who goes into hospital for routine surgery and wakes up 200 years later to find he's a fugitive in a totalitarian state. Good premise, bad execution.
There are a handful of clever sight gags (the wheelchair, flying device, orb, banana peel and Orgasmatron) and a few decent lines, but it's very shrill, Allen has no discernible gift for "thrill comedy" and the film is far more…
I stated a few reviews back that nothing dates as quickly as a vision of the future. Woody Allen realised this as far back as the early 70s. Set in the year 2173, Sleeper has a kitsch future aesthetic that is heavily reminiscent of the sci-fi of twenty years earlier.
The plot itself is fairly slight but amply demonstrates that the young Woody had some fair chops as a physical comedian, and there are a few obvious homages to the likes of the Three Stooges and the famous mirror scene from the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup. It's also a slightly clumsy showcase for Allen's trademark wordplay, although Diane Keaton is suitably game foil.
What I did like is using a…
Pretty funny at times but not really that consistent.
As a bonus, there is costume design by Joel Schumacher.
First things first.
Sleeper is a very funny film.
However, it's not the winner I was led to believe it would be.
The first third of the film is incredibly consistant, but I found my patience wavering in the final act which (purposefully?) falls apart.
Overall, though, there is a lot to like. The script is sharper than expected. The visual gags are faultless and the acting is spot on, especially from Keaton who becomes funnier as the film goes on.
Sadly, the best idea's it has in the final third (focussing on the romance arc between Allen and Keaton) are better developed in Annie Hall and I found this to be a big distraction.
And while it was nice…
Classic Woody and Diane.
I like the second half better than the first.
Great. Just great.
what's cool about sleeper is that it contains a sci-fi story that could actually be thrilling if played seriously, but it has the chutzpah to set that story to crazy jazz music and turn every moment into a joke.
honestly though, i want a gritty nolan sleeper remake. on some level it might be even funnier.
Diane was so good for him. For the very first time Woody puts together a proper, structured film and populates it with developed characters. While his previous efforts had been successful as extended sketches, here we've got something that hints at the greatness to come. The lad was learning.
“Sleeper” stands on the cusp of two significant Allen periods. Those films before “Sleeper” were largely “gag” films, filled with one-liners, physical comedy and shallow, but hilarious, narratives. Those after “Sleeper” are a little more “grown up”; the stories may still be for laughs, but the dialogue and narrative are increasingly more dynamic.
The movies are less stand-up routines featuring Allen as they are complex films. “Sleeper” is the first Allen movie with a significant and dynamic narrative and some nicely fleshed out characters, but it is also the movie with the most physical comedy, usually done in the manner of the old Chaplin or Buster Keaton style from the 1920s.
The result is one of Allen’s finest films: a…
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When Woody Allen sets about specifically to be funny, man alive is he funny.
Hit and miss. Brilliant gags all the way through and of course suffused with Allen's great one-liners. Unfortunately a lot of it still falls flat and treads in to zany territory which is fun for a bit but doesn't sustain the running time.
Sleeper is at its best with its humor, and at its worst with the world creation. The humor perfectly blends witty Woody Allen one-liners with silent era-esque slapstick, making me able to laugh throughout. Woody Allen as a drugged up disguised robot is one of the most fun sequences of his career. However, the futuristic world, and the references the characters make to American civilization of the past, forces Sleeper into being a film of its time. This society created here represents a lot of ideas about 1973 America and that makes it hard to fully appreciate in 2014 America.
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