MAN FOR ALL REASONS
THOSE who have stayed the course through the long and prolific filmmaking career of Woody Allen will know full well that you have to factor in a wonky one dropping every once in a while.
While Irrational Man is indeed an ungainly and flawed hybrid of mannered comedy and malcontent drama, it is not without its share of hard- earned merits.
A pot- bellied, worn- out- looking Joaquin Phoenix stars as Abe, a pro- level philosopher looking to lift his sagging writing career with a teaching gig at a posh college.
Though his classes are a bust, our ailing hero finds a new and vital calling when he starts toying with the idea of killing a corrupt judge on purely ethical grounds.