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.

3 Responses to “Bananas (Woody Allen, 1971)”

  1. 1 Joshua Dixon

    Can we please have a Duck Soup review some time?

    • 2 jacobwilliamson

      that’ll be so hard, but definitely. it’s on my lovefilm list again.
      nearly done with your films btw. should meet up some point in the next fortnight. just kane and samurai to watch..

      • 3 Joshua Dixon

        Excellent! I need to watch the Dylan documentary myself. And I could do see with seeing No Country For Old Men again. (I’m now back in Shropshire).

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