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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.
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…
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'm what you would call a teleological, existential atheist. I believe that there's an intelligence to the universe, with the exception of certain parts of New Jersey."- Miles Monroe
Woody Allen's take on Sci-Fi is quite an enjoyable experience. His vision of the future is a lot of fun. As is the norm with Woody, Sleeper is full of great humor and tons of great lines of dialogue. I loved the homage he payed to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey by having Douglas Rain (the voice of HAL in 2001) voice the computer in this one. Overall Sleeper is a fun film from early in Woody Allen's career. 7.5/10
"But they all ate organic rice."
Watching this for about the... 20th time?
I missed a lot of the film's references as they're grounded in 1973, nonetheless Sleeper was surprisingly enjoyable. I was laughing out loud with Allen's awkward slapstick comedy and witty rambling, and the robot dog cracked me up. At points the film seemed purely childish and yet I think there's value to be found in the social critique it presents, plus Diane Keaton is great. "You don't believe in science, and you also don't believe that political systems work, and you don't believe in God, huh? So then, what do you believe in?" "Sex and death - two things that come once in a lifetime... but at least after death, you're not nauseous."
De lo mejorcito de Allen
Filled with uncharacteristic slapstick and verbal non-sequitars, "Sleeper" is perhaps Allen's most out-there film ever.
Projected on DVD with Jar (who fell asleep).
+ Diane Keaton['s nipples]
- Woody, you can't end every film with you making out
While "Sleeper" is great, it isn't even my favorite of Woody Allen's early comedies and I think " Bananas" or "Take the Money and Run" should have been included in the book over "Sleeper". However, they've made their decisions, so I'll just have to suffer with them. However, if watching "Sleeper" is suffering, then suffering isn't all that bad. While I actually do enjoy the plot of "Sleeper", it's obviously the comedy that makes this movie a classic, with MANY great Woody lines to go around, some of which I'll share below. Most people write off the plot as just a something that has to be in play for Woody to make his jokes, but the plot isn't bad. Unfortunately,…
"I'm what you would call a teleological, existential atheist. I believe that there's an intelligence to the universe, with the exception of certain parts of New Jersey."
Another great bit of fun. Some of the jokes were under the same critique light with which sci-fi observes society. Nice touch.
This is my second Woody Allen film knowing it's a Woody Allen film.
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