NOT ALLEN’S BEST

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Look Local -

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.

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