Friday, February 22, 2013
Woody Allen plays a health food store operator who has been frozen for 200 years and wakes up in the future. Not only has he got to get use to his new life but he's being chased by the Government since he's considered an alien. Along the way, he meets a eccentric poetess played by Diane Keaton and the two of them are on a mission to rebel against the Government.
Woody Allen is performing, directing and writing at his best. Woody Allen brings plenty of slap stick, facial expressions, humor that he's known for (Hates California, Sex and death) and parodies on Sci-Fi films. Some of his best scenes is when he's disguised as a Robot (epically when he's in the Robot factory), when he first wakes up and when he's interacting with future technology. His love interest played by Diane Keaton plays her character from an innocent classy woman to a freedom fighter and she's just as funny as Woody Allen. The chemistry between them is really funny and I love how the two argue and fight throughout the film. By the way, I love her Marlon Brando impression.
Is the film funny, well some of the humor is a bit dated but with that said it still has dozens of funny moments. Scenes like the robots he meets, him fighting a giant goop of pudding, silver metal orgasm-inducing "Orb", the future devices he uses and sees are all really laugh out loud funny. I also love the robot that parody's Hal from "2001: A Space Odyssey" as Woody and Diane try to steal the nose to prevent a dictator from being cloned and yes he is voiced by the same guy who voiced Hal.I also laugh at how much society has changed, for example a guy (Who's probably Jewish) walks in wearing a shirt with a swastika on it and no one finds it racist cause people got over the Holocaust. He also pays homage to silent films and actors by acting and doing stunts like Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd, it's all fast paced with no talking and we hear old fashion music playing (Which by the way Woody Allen plays the Clarinet for the score). Oh and the future world, well having that dated 70s feel, it still proves you can do a lot without CGI and still have a real looking future.
While feeling a little bit dated, the film is still funny and a laugh out loud Woody Allen film. It's indeed one of his best comedies and one of the Sci-Fi comedies ever made.