Saturday, 19 December 2015

Sleeper (1973)






Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Don Keefer, Mary Gregory, John Beck, John McLiam, Bartlett Robinson, Mews Small


A shy and awkward health food store owner in NYC's Greenwich Village, Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) is cryogenically frozen, and awakened 200 years in the future, but the world is not like he would have expected, and finds himself in the middle of a rebellion against the oppressive government.


Before his string of introspective romantic dramas and critically acclaimed films, Woody Allen's formula was to make people laugh. And once again, he did succeed by going Sci-Fi with Sleeper, another great, and insane comedy.

Once again, Woody Allen incorporated in the film both a slapstick humour and sophisticated satire. The film also has a strong storyline to hold everything together. The whole futuristic government satire idea is very interesting, but the film satirizes much more society in general, like the obsession with eating healthy - and Miles makes several comments about this throughout the film. 

Of course there are some hilarious moments - most of them are the ones where Woody is dressed up as a robot - and the humour is always on point - I particularly liked the history lesson Allen gives the futuristic doctor. The film occasionally have some bad moments though, like the giant chicken.

Even though he basically always plays the same character in all of his films, when Woody Allen is on screen, laughs are insured. On the other hand, I don't think Diane Keaton has it, and she really is not that funny, making an exception only when she does that awful New York accent.


Luna Schlosser: Oh, I see. You don't believe in science, and you also don't believe that political systems work, and you don't believe in God, huh?
Miles Monroe: Right.
Luna Schlosser: So then, what do you believe in?
Miles Monroe: Sex and death - two things that come once in a lifetime... but at least after death, you're not nauseous.

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