I imagine that 1971 audiences were laughing aloud at all the jokes here. Unfortunately, I'm sure that we miss nowadays a good part of them because of our ignorance of the global situation of that period. On the contrary, some TV scenes that certainly were over the top in 1971 are in fact not so far away from some of the reality shows of today. Recommended.
An early comedy from the master of wit. Here there is more slapstick comedy than subtle humour, but its political commentary more than make up for this. At times one feels uneasy at the level of satire, but Allen proves that comedy is a great leveller when handling political issues and as long as something is done in good humour, it seems there are no boundaries, something he explores to the full in subsequent films.
Eventually cracking under its own weight, and unable to fully pull a Monty Python's poke-at-it-until-it's-not-funny-anymore trick. But "Bananas" are nevertheless an intelligent stab at political hysteria and media sensationalism, explored from a view of sex-crazed society and pop-religion, with a cute homage to Chaplin at the beginning.
One of "the early, funny ones", as he'd later joke, though I say Allen got wittier as he got more ambitious. This is Duck Soup for Kissinger, and a string of gags that prove Allen can't do slapstick. But putting National Review in a stack of porn mags is one of his best sight gags, and Bananas reminds us that, before he creeped audiences out as a dirty old man, he had surprising box office hits as a dirty young man.
"From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!" -Esposito
Lo mejor de la película, su introducción hilarante. Algo que se repite al final y entonces se mastica como repetido. Allen tiene el ingenio del vodevil, de una comedia satírica y excéntrica. Varias de sus escenas parecen inclinarse a un humor secuencial. "Bananas" puede disfrutarse sin necesidad de seguir el hilo de la historia. Es como una cadena de rutinas cómicas.