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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.
Okay, one more review before I go since today I'll be moving and focusing on getting settled in and finding employment.
I was looking for a way to avoid writing more of a Fan Story I'm working on and figured I'd watch something that's been on my radar for a good while now.
To keep things short, "Sleeper" is hilarious. An endlessly creative, jazzy, witty, and clever send up of the 70s view as to what the future would end up being like.
Complete with two great leading performances in Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, wonderful production design, a damn great soundtrack and a brisk pace with a short run time to keep things from wearing themselves out, even if…
Sleeper was my first exposure to Woody Allen. I knew nothing of him, other than seeing an odd looking bespectacled man on the cover of Time magazine that was sitting on the coffee table a few years previous. It wasn’t the promise of Allen’s comedy, but rather the movie poster featuring a robot in a helicopter chair clutching a shrieking damsel that drew me into the shopping mall theatre that Saturday so many years ago.
My predominant memory was of my 14 year old self laughing so riotously hard that tears were streaming down my face, and I thought it a very real possibility that I would throw up.
I have seen it since, but it’s been ages. When this…
I think the Letterboxd community has something against comedies for some reason. I was scrolling through reviews for Sleeper and they were mostly three stars or below. News flash: Terrence Malick doesn't have to direct a film for it to have five stars! It doesn't need to be deep or prophetic! This community can be pretty pretentious sometimes.
Sleeper is one of the craziest, most madcap, silliest comedies I've ever seen. It's also a super effective & smart sci-fi movie.
I laughed basically start to finish. Woody Allen knows how to write quips, situational comedy, and visual comedy so well.
Diane Keaton is so so so attractive. Also, her Marlon Brando impression is one of the best things ever.
Sleeper satirizes pretty much every aspect of American culture, and that's pretty ballsy.
In "Sleeper," Woody Allen sends up the future while skewering the past and present in a film that starts off well before descending into silliness. Allen's standard comic sensibilities are on display as he weaves jokes about intellectuals, art, sex, and romance into smart-but-goofy blend of science fiction and comedy.
Beginning nearly two centuries in the future, the film finds a man from the 1970s thawed from a cryogenically induced slumber and forced to deal with an array a technological, cultural, and political changes. The sci-fi canvas allows star/director/co-writer, Allen, to amusingly attack his typical foils. Allen's character becomes a medical oddity, robot worker, and put-upon revolutionary in the span of 90 minutes.
The comedy ranges from smart and satirical,…
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…
One of the strangest gaps in my filmwatching has been the lack of Woody Allen films I've seen recently.
In fact, I haven't seen a Woody Allen film in at least 13 or 14 years with the last one being Small Time Crooks, which I still regard as an extremely underrated and thoroughly enjoyable crime comedy. I'm not really sure why I haven't watched any of his films since then. It could be that few of his titles since then have really compelled me to watch them, but there are a couple of notables from earlier in his career that I also haven't seen yet such as Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose Of Cairo.
Sure. It's obviously a truism to say that Woody Allen's "early funny movies" are funny, but they are.
Woody Allen Retro #6:
"I'm always making jokes. It's my defence machine." Sleeper ist der Punkt, an dem der Slapstick langsam auf die Nerven geht. Die Gags sind semigut, der Film an sich wieder viel zu lang. Es wird Zeit für Allen sich weiterzuentwickeln. Trotzdem hat mir der Film, vor allem zu Beginn durchaus auch Spaß gemacht. Nur eben nicht so viel wie Bananas oder Everything.
An interesting premise with plenty of nods to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. I felt that often the gags fell short and many of the jokes didn't age well after the 70s. I'm a big fan of Annie Hall and the silent film era so this came as a bit of a disappointment.
Diane Keaton plays a unintelligent woman for most of her screen time. Then at the end she is intelligent (I could go through the plot point on this but it's unimportant). The scenes near the end where she is intelligent is what I enjoyed the most. They are truly wonderful together when they are at the same level. Pure comedic genius. They play off each other's idiosyncrasies so well and the timing is impeccable. That's why AH worked. These two are gold together. The problem is that gold is only there for the last 15 mins of the movie.
What a charming little movie! Great premise (the fact it was Woody's first screenplay with Marshall Brickman may have played a role in that), funny gags, and it's great to see Diane Keaton's comedic talents. Right away, it becomes immediately apparent that he has more onscreen chemistry with her then he ever did with Louise Lasser. I also like the Nixon joke; this movie accurate predicted that Nixon would be implicated in criminal activities.
The overall story maybe runs out of gas a bit towards the last 20 minutes or so. I don't think they quite knew how to end it. But the ride is run.
The satire here is more on-point now than when the film was released but some of the pacing hasn't aged well.
Mostly hilarious and inspired. This is mostly a Marx Brothers riff that gets by on the strength of Allen and Keaton's chemistry together. The middle of this film is a little flabby, but it does end strong with the nose gags.
Unfortunately, I don't think this film holds up very well today. It has several funny parts, but nothing that made me laugh out loud. And it has dull parts, but nothing that made me want to stop watching. Overall, it's another solid film by Woody Allen, but not much more.
What a bizarre and hilarious movie. A lot more physical comedy than what I've seen from Woody Allen but it was pretty welll done. Him trying to fly with the Helicopter backpack was great, as were the inflatable suit and tape room gags. I thought the first half of the movie was stronger with Allen pretending to be a robot and experiencing life in the future, the party scene had me cracking up. Definitely a wacky movie that I would watch again.
This film is so Allen with its rapid-fire single-line throwaways that keep you on your toes blended with a good mix of slapstick. There's some nice tributes to Keaton, Lloyd and Chaplin in here too. Not to mention the Benny Hill jazz interludes of characters in fast motion engaging in their silly antics. I liked this film, but didn't love it. A strong first half gives way to a mediocre 2nd stretch that becomes more involved with its plot than its initial premise set out to be. I got a few chuckles out of 'Sleeper', but found myself with a persistent grin more than anything.
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