Bananas (Woody Allen, 1971)
Louise Lasser (Nancy), Woody Allen (Fielding Mellish). Directed by Woody Allen. Screenplay by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose. Rating: 15. Running time: 82 minutes.
I’m not going to pretend my insights into this film are profound. I just thought Bananas was indeed bananas, and I didn’t think it was funny. Everyone else seems to view it as a modern Marx brothers inspired flick full of gags on a laugh-out-loud scale, but they must be talking about a different film. You could suggest I’m too serious, but then I did love Duck Soup.
This really is nothing like that, though. It takes everything good about Woody Allen films – namely, witty one liners, relationship philosophy and a focus on New York – and replaces it with stupid political humour about a blue collar worker that ends up as the dictator President of a fictional South American country after a revolutionary coup. Ha, ha, ha. Not. Seriously, this is complete shite. The blurb made it sound like a classical Woody Allen scenario of the Manhattan Murder Mystery variety: the man himself gets into a situation he did not foresee or desire. That’s certainly the case in Bananas. Unfortunately, it’s just not funny.
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