"Irrational Man" Review: Woody Allen's Existentialism 101 "Irrational Man" considers the human will to meaning and capacity for evil. Getting away with murder in a godless universe is a theme that has long compelled Woody Allen, from Crimes and Misdemeanors to Match Point. But Irrational Man has elements that recall any number of Allen films, giving it a gentle scent of nostalgia while at the same time remaining vigorous, … Irrational Man is a 2015 American crime mystery drama film written and directed by Woody Allen, and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley.The film was released on July 17, 2015, by Sony Pictures Classics in a limited release, later expanding wider. Parents need to know that Irrational Man has a similar DNA to most Woody Allen films: It's about an older man hobbled by a bleak outlook on life who grows enamored of a sunny, lively younger woman; infatuation, murder, and chaos ensue. Irrational Man is the most straightforward of Allen’s murder films, acting as a May/December romance until it snows on everything else. I'll be curious if this gets re-evaluated in 10-15 years. Irrational Man isn't great, but it's very good, exceeding any expectations I could've had, in large part thanks to a cast and, by the way, some really skillful and beautiful direction on the whole (and the warm cinematography, all shot in Newport, Rhode Island). Irrational Man review – Allen's comedy-thriller lacks humour and suspense 2 out of 5 stars. Irrational Man begins with an overview of an unjust society in which the architects of the Iraq war remain unpunished — which suggests that, relatively speaking, the killing of a … Woody Allen again explores the theme of crime and punishment, but … https://www.ign.com/articles/2015/07/16/irrational-man-review Allen sees this as a cosmic joke. Posted Aug 17, 2015 Though the subject matter is fairly serious, there's not much actual violence here; a man poisons a stranger and plans another death, someone … Irrational Man’s screenplay is dotted with questions of death and morality, but these shout-outs are pretty isolated—as are the belly laughs and one-liners, including a bit of bar-setting in the opening minutes that’s vintage Allen, with Abe telling his students that “much of philosophy is verbal masturbation.” The question of how seriously the film takes its own … Cannes Film Review: ‘Irrational Man’ Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder (again) in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy.