A nerdy clarinet player who owns a health food store in 1970s Greenwich Village is cryogenically frozen after a surgical mishap and is unfrozen two-hundred years in the future by a group of radicals trying to overthrow the government.
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Definitely not one of Woody’s best films, but an important early work and a charming comedy in the tradition of Keaton and the Marx Brothers. The highlight here is his blending of breakneck slapstick and witty dialogue. The film contains an abundance of creative and rollicking sight gags and lovely chemistry between Allen and Diane Keaton. Plenty of delightful sight gags abound, but Allen has done better.
Here's my issue with Mr. Allen's style: everything is a punchline. Seriously, watch the first scene in which his character begins to talk and observe how all of his dialogue have him say something that's meant to be humorous. While it can occasionally lead to a funny line, it takes away any naturalness from the delivery. On a positive note, the Marx brothers influenced moments were better handled and more inspired.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I don't know if seeing Sleeper again at that exact time was precisely what I needed but Christ, did I laugh my ass off. You throw together the orb scene, Allen's regression hypnosis scene and his explanation of 20th century artifacts and a absolutely fucking gorgeous Diane Keaton and you can't lose.
In a rush to homage dystopian fantasies and the slapstick comedy of Chaplin, Keaton, the Marx brother and Harold Lloyd; Woody Allen makes a silly, small scale, mildly funny film with a wild soundtrack and the always fresh presence of the talented, young and beautiful Diane Keaton.