NOT ALLEN’S BEST
THERE is no slowing down the almost 80-year-old Woody Allen.
The writer/director whose career spans some 55 years, has pumped out one film per year since the 1970s.
His latest, Irrational Man, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a jaded philosophy professor who finds a renewed zest for life as he hatches a plot to murder a judge in a child custody case.
While setting up the story and characters, Allen chooses such a droll and deadpan approach that it is difficult to be interested and know when he is attempting humour.
It gets juicier when the murder happens and the story kicks into gear, with the signature zippy Allen dialogue and a fascinating idea that going bad can be a life-affirming experience.
The cast, which includes Emma Stone and Parker Posey, is solid, with Stone further cementing her acting chops in dramatic roles.
While not Allen’s strongest film, he still has the ability to add a little twist and inject freshness into his stories, even if we may have seen some elements before.