Irrational Man (2015)
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It's not a masterpiece but at a similar level as a lot of Allen's pictures the recent decade or so, which has a fine standard considering his productivity though. It was a very Woodyish experience in style, flow, mood, story and themes - Some philosophy but not too deep (not trying or wanting to be either), some murder mystery and a large portion of dark and joyful humor.
I had a weird feeling during the first part, because I found it a bit rushed, which makes the whole romance between Phoenix & Stone unnatural and forced to some degree. It's like something is missing. After the first 20 minutes or so, the movie settles and get that familiar Woody-feeling we like. The feeling of a director who's comfortable in his own style and know what he’s doing.
A feeling which also sometimes, in the recent years, seems to be a secure and safe platform for a certain standard of films from Allens enormous productivity. It's a bit of a shame, I would like to see Allen explore his own skills more, and experiment a little bit.
I miss a truly noteworthy film from his hands, which we know he is capable of, and I fear he is getting a bit too comfortable in his work - hence unfortunately a bit trivial with such a production-rate. As I understand, he is working on a TV Mini-series. (aren't they all). That sounds exiting, and I'm looking very much forward to this. He is, all in all, a great director in my opinion and maybe this project will once again really show us, what he is capable of..
Actually really enjoyed this one. Anyone who is familiar with Allen's latest work knows it's not safe to except a masterpeice. However this was a fun little film to watch, sparking something interesting questions about philosphy, luck and rationality.
While Woody Allen is my favorite living director, this movie is one better left unseen. It really isn't any good and it's a shame because I also am a fan of Joaquin Phoenix.
Advice: wait til next year for your Woody Allen fix lest you be sorely disappointed with this one.
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