Irrational Man tells a story of a tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.
This film could be considered a “breath of fresh air” amongst many films produced by Hollywood today and it’s something that’s definitely left of centre. Director Wood Allen bring us a style of comedy amongst a surge of tragi-comedies and melodramas to give us a brighter look at life as someone finds himself again in trying to commit a crime. But it shouldn’t be a surprise thatIrrational Man has been disliked by many critics, as they could have fallen into the trap of expecting that Irrational Man was more of a tragi-comedy when it ultimately isn’t.
Allen seems to find comedy in a wide range of subjects from philospher Kant to the touchy subject of suicide to faculty gossip. If the audience doesn’t connect and find the satire in the film quick, it will be easy to get confused.
Emma Stone and Joaquin Pheonix work tremendously well together on screen and in their own right, tremendous actors on the more serious subjects as well as having a knack for comedic timings.
Another very Woody Allen-esque film, there’s no doubt about that, and he’s definitely found a new muse in Emma Stone after she appeared in Magic In The Moonlight with the director.Irrational Man will surely be one of Allen’s more underrated films but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching if you want something light hearted with something a hint of serious thought.