Film Review | Irrational Man starring Joaquín Phoenix and Emma stone

indexPhilosophy professor Abe Lucas transfers to a small college in New England bringing along his scotch and cynicism. It’s not long before he is befriended by student Jill and desired by a married colleague. Perhaps unfortunately for Lucas, it is only when he sets his sights on killing a corrupt judge that he feels his life has regained purpose. With the spring back in his step, he plots the judge’s murder, sleeps with his colleague and begins dating his student. Things become more complicated as Jill falls for him and it is discovered that the judge has been poisoned with cyanide.

The idea behind this film is a good one, but I’m not entirely keen on the execution. The beginning of the movie drew me in, but then it seemed to go on too long. I appreciate the casting choices that were made and Phoenix did a great job playing the professor in despair, but the romance between Jill and Lucas was rather dry, lacking feeling. It didn’t seem like there was enough substance to get through to the end of the film. Aside from the judge’s murder there were no real events or major points of interest. Perhaps this film will still appeal to die hard Woody Allen fans, or those intrigued by the idea of pulling off the perfect crime. Check it out from a library near you.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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