Irrational Man: A Review

Woody Allen strikes back with Irrational Man but leaves the audience bored, with monotonous humour and lacklustre plot.

Abe Lucas, a brilliant but alcoholic depressive philosophy teachers comes to teach on a new campus, still trying to cope with his turbulent past. He soon begins an affair with another professor, but is also an endless source of admiration for his young student Jill, who cannot help but be engrossed in him. Yet moving somewhere new and having two wonderful women under his thumb isn’t enough and Abe desperately tries to find a meaning to his life. Until the day he overhears a conversation at a restaurant, a mother struggling to keep her children’s custody because of a biased judge.

Is a crime necessary to find meaning to his existence?

Irrational Man is a clean and well-made film, but it definitely lacks a special spark. Even if this is a drama, Allen’s film are almost never lacking humour, but this film is unfortunately terribly the exception to the rule. In addition to this, there is no real suspense or excitement for the audience, as everything is too perfect and easy. Disappointingly, because the crime committed was so “perfect”, there was a lack of unexpected development and motive regarding the crime itself.

With Woody Allen putting together a new film every year, it seems like he is a little breathless here. The resemblance of some parts of the storyline to Crimes and Misdemeanors, Cassandra’s Dream and Match Point is really obvious – and the usually wonderful images, lights and colours very characteristic of Woody Allen don’t manage to make up for the rest.

However, it is true that a masterpiece like Match Point is indeed difficult to reproduce a second time.. So, can dear Woody be forgiven?



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