Film Review – IRRATIONAL MAN (2015)

Irrational Man (2015; USA; Technicolor; 96m) ∗∗∗  d. Woody Allen; w. Woody Allen; ph. Darius Khondji.  Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Ethan Phillips, Julie Ann Dawson, Mark Burzenski, Gary Wilmes, Geoff Schuppert, David Pittu, Steven Howitt, Kaitlyn Bouchard, Ana Marie Proulx, Kate McGonigle, Tamara Hickey. On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student. Enjoyment of this moral tale will depend on how much you buy into the flawed, self-centred characters Allen has created – although Stone, in particular, is excellent as the smitten college student. Cleverly woven as it may be, there is a certain artificiality about it that leaves a cold feeling despite its pay-off. [12]