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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…
Film #8 of The December Challenge 2014...and it was hysterical!
A stark improvement over Bananas, as it's far more focused. Works great as Allen does 1984, as opposed to Woody Allen does a lot of sketches that don't really mesh. Also, Diane Keaton is brilliant in this.
December Criteria met:
Woody Allen (2/10)
Really funny in parts, but uneven. I got it (except the Miss America scene) and I liked it, but it didn't work as a sci-fi film. I understand that's not the point, but as a fan of sci-fi, I felt the genre deserved a *little* more respect. For the sake of comedy, Allen asks us to constantly suspend our disbelief, and it gets to be a lot after a while. All that said, however, if I watched this again, it'd likely get an extra half or whole star. It made a mildly good first impression on me.
Film 104 of "The December Challenge 3"
89 minutes 9333 total)
1st time watch
Another early 70's Woody Allen comedy starring the man himself along with his seemingly only female choice in films from the era, Diane Keaton. I mean really, were they banging or something? I don't honestly know, so if someone says yes, I would understand.
This one has Allen playing a man who was in cryo-sleep for 200 years and is thawed out to help revolutionaries take down the government. I gotta say, this might be the funniest of Allen's films I've seen so far. I found it funny throughout the entire film mostly because of Allen's fish out of water role. He is great in this…
Where many serious dramatic or horror directors can hit the ground running first time out, comedy directors usually need a few films to find out what works and how well. John Landis is now widely revered as a comedy director but bits of Kentucky Fried Movie and Animal House feel amateurish and slapdash. The same goes for Kevin Smith, although the foul-mouthed adolescence of Clerks is infinitely preferable to the mawkish sentimentality of Jersey Girl.
Sleeper falls into the same grouping. It's a decent, workable effort from Woody Allen which retains some of its charm and much of its humour. It isn't in the same league as Annie Hall, Manhattan or Hannah and her Sisters, and elements of it have…
The poster of Woody Allen’s Sleeper mocks James Bond. Rather than alluding to the suave-spy, it would’ve made more sense to note the influence of slapstick-star Charlie Chaplin. The playful, silent acting, set within a sci-fi context, serves to support a meeting of like-minded comedians as Woody Allen gets his closest to non-verbal, physical performance. Musician Miles (Allen) is frozen for 200 years, inevitably falling for Diane Keaton, as Luna Schlosser. Using actor Douglas Rain to provide a voice, as he did in 2001: A Space Odyssey, this is Allen leaning on sci-fi stimuli and using H.G. Wells and George Orwell as source material. The tone is what established Woody in his early years, and his disguise as a robot (a plug in his mouth creating a motionless face akin to Buster Keaton) is amongst the best sequences in his career. Sleeper is solid, straight-up comedy without the intellectual chitchat.
The last film that I saw in 2014 was also my new least favorite Woody Allen film. Though this film does have some funny moments, it is a rather bland take on the future and one that derives the majority of its comedy from the temporal distance between the 1970s and the 2170s (rarely even topical humor from the periods themselves). The film resorts to slapstick to attempt to eke out laughs from the audience, but it often appears silly rather than funny. Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman's writing is not as intelligent as it would be in their later films Annie Hall and Manhattan. There are some unique aspects of the film, and the orb scene in particular is quite humorous, but this is certainly not one of Allen's best films.
A little Woody Allen comedy, in modest early-'70s style. Cryogenic freezing in 1973 will push you forward to 2173. Why Futurama works so well (mostly because it's so much better than this). Some of the jokes just swizzle out, but there are plenty in a decently successful story.
Woody Allen was Austin Powers before Austin Powers. This early Allen comedy is notable for the fact that it's a sci-fi Allen film but it doesn't hurt that it's also quit funny.
Everybody has that one guy that makes them laugh just by looking at them. For some people it's Bill Murray, for me it's young Woody Allen. The guy's just weird isn't he? How many movie stars have ever existed that look as strange as this balding 120 pound redhead with thick glasses? Allen slays me multiple times everytime I watch one of his films. Sleeper is no different.
If you've ever been curious to see Allen play around in a sci-fi dystopia than this is the film for you. He holds a nose hostage, flys around on a jet pack, steals a giant banana, and goes undercover as a robot butler. Annie Hall, this is not, but it's a great time nonetheless.
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