Thursday, April 7, 2016

Irrational Man (2015) *1/2

Woody''s riff on Crime and Punishment quickly goes off the rails like a hastily written Freshman essay on Kierkegaard. Joaquin Phoenix plays Abe, a lapsed philosophy professor who can find no meaning in his existence.  Upon taking a new appointment at a small college, he is popular with students despite his pessimistic world view. Emma Stone glows as his new muse and love interest, by far the best performance in the film.  Unfortunately the film devolves into an uninspired murder mystery. Phoenix appears uncomfortable with Allen's dialogue, mumbling throughout the entire movie.

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