Writer/Director Woody Allen’s Irrational Man is a morality tale in which a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix), who has given up on life finds renewal with the plot to kill a crooked judge.
With Darius Khondji Cinematography, Santo Loquasto’s Production Design plus Allen’s Dialogue and Direction, this is a well-made movie. The problem is the story.
It’s not very entertaining to see a depressive mope around for half the film. Too much angst is boring. If it weren’t for the watchability of co-stars Emma Stone and Parker Posey whose characters were throwing themselves at Mr. Mope, this film really would have been disastrous. Then, when the main character “finds” himself, you have no interest in him getting away with murder.
It is a dilemma even the great Woody Allen could not solve.
So, I can only give Irrational Man a 3 out of 5.