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.
Compared to recent films by Allen, Bananas feels very young, meaning it is both more politically charged and more juvenile in its humor. I appreciate the political stance, but the slapstick...not so much. If both of these sound like advantages for you, then it is a 5-star film for you.