In the last few years woody's films have been lacking the creative edge , but to look back at his earlier films reminds us of his inventive / fertive imagination . Right from the outset of this movie you do believe that he has been transported from 1973 greenwich village to the future ( after being cryogenically frozen after a tonsill operation goes wrong ) . The sets , costumes and even the vehicles are all outstanding , this combined with the witty script form a very well observed sci fi comedy . There are very few alternatives out there that meet the standard of this movie , which is now twenty eight years old . If you've never seen a woody allen film this is the one to start with .