Movies From the Hat VI #39 – David’s Pick – Sleeper (1973)


This is my 3476th Review

Thanks to  David of That Moment In… for this recommendation.

“I’m what you would call a teleological, existential atheist. I believe that there’s an intelligence to the universe, with the exception of certain parts of New Jersey. ” – Miles Monroe

Number of Times Seen – Twice (2 Mar 2002 and 1 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A man is awoken after 200 years of hibernation in order to be used in the rebellion against the leader of a utopian society.

My Take on it – Woody Allen’s films are hit or miss for me and this one is so much fun to watch because it works so well from a comedy standpoint.

Allen was the perfect choice for this role because his neurotic demeanor is perfect for getting us to enjoy such a ‘fish out of water’ story.

Many of the jokes are related to the 70’s counter culture yet with a bit of knowledge of history, things still are hilarious 44 years later.

Allen is able to handle the verbal and physical comedy needed for this role so well and in some scenes he feels like an updated version of Charlie Chaplin based on his antics.

The jokes come at us like they are being shot from a machine gun and as soon as one is done, the next one is already on it way.

He has so much to say about society and the it doesn’t matter whether its our own society or a utopian society two centuries from now.

The story itself is quite silly, but still works quite well within the context of it all and the comic timing and talent of Allen himself.

Allen and Diane Keaton have nice chemistry here and I’m sure it helped their work together in future films.

The film is less than 90 minutes which is the perfect length because it never gets boring and flows so well the whole time.

Bottom Line – Allen is great in this film because his neurotic demeanor helps him deliver and act out so many funny moments here.  The jokes are constantly hitting us over the head and hearing his ‘take” on such a society is so fun to watch. The story itself is completely silly and offbeat but things stay interesting the whole time because of Allen’s comedic timing. Perfect length of slightly under 90 minutes helps keep things flowing without the feeling of any boring scenes along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the movie was released in French-speaking Canadian regions as “Woody and the Robots”, Woody Allen inserted a clause in all of his subsequent contracts that his movies’ titles could not be changed by other parties. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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