“I couldn’t remember the reason for living and when I did, it wasn’t convincing.”
Woody Allen makes movies so regularly that you can almost set your watch by them. And with his regulatory and prolific output, comes plenty of derision. Every movie is either heralded as a return to form, or condemned as proof of him being long past his prime. But here’s the thing, even when he doesn’t make amazing movies, Woody Allen makes really good movies. Which is why I’ll watch everything he makes, including the pretty universally shrugged at Irrational Man.
Able Lucas (Joaquín Phoenix) is a college philosophy professor who has hit a wall. He drinks, has a reputation as a philanderer, and is a tittle on the self destructive side. But he finds a reason to be via one his students, Jill (Emma Stone). She’s smart, confident, engaging and fascinated by the tragic, older man. Their friendship gains the attention of other faculty and students, but Abe is determined to make sure things stay on the up and up. (more…)