- Irrational Man review by DW
Until I watched Cafe Society recently and which, to my surprise, I rather enjoyed because it was more like vintage Allen, there had been a lengthy hiatus in my Woody watching. Partly, I suppose, because his more recent films are no longer given general release (there are no Independent cinemas where I live) and also owing to the demise of LoveFilm. Thank goodness, then, for the arrival of Cinema Paradiso to provide access to an excellent archive as well as giving an opportunity to see films that otherwise would be unavailable to most film fans.
Irrational Man, however, was not to my liking at all. Not serious drama such as Crimes and Misdemeanors, and certainly not showing the originality of Annie Hall nor the warm romance of Hannah and her Sisters. These are, of course, vintage Allen but Midnight in Paris made it obvious that he still has much to offer.
Not here, however, and I quickly lost interest in the college campus setting and in the self-indulgence of the Joaquin Phoenix character. Better luck next time, I hope.
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