CANNES REVIEW: IRRATIONAL MAN

CANNES – IRRATIONAL MAN REVIEW – Woody Allen presents Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone in a sleight morality tale of murder, love and sunshine.

Irrational Man is not bad. It’s not awful. It’s not The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, but neither is it Crimes and Misdemeanors or Match Point. It isn’t even Cassandra’s Dream. All of which by the way are almost exactly the same story. Why Woody Allen would want to contemplate in such a protracted way the idea of a moral man driven to murder baffles me. Perhaps he’s been thinking about Mia a little too much. His latest feels like a shoddy retread. He no longer writes characters so much as gives them props and hopes his star quality cast can do something with the underwritten material. To a large part they succeed, but one wishes that Abe the philosophy professor and drunk played by Joaquin Phoenix didn’t have to sip from a hip flask continually or quote Sartre to convey that yep he’s a philosophy professor and he has a drink problem.

Look let’s cut this short. All you want to know is: is this good Woody or bad Woody?

It’s bad worry. There might be a good one along next year.

WOODY ALLEN WEARS TROUSERS TO CANNES

CANNES – Woody Allen’s new film Irrational Man is showing at the Cannes Film Festival, but everyone was talking about the extravagant film director’s outrageous wardrobe.

Known the world over for his witty comedic films, occasional dramas and wonderful repartee, Woody Allen is also known – especially in France – as an iconoclastic dresser who is not afraid of raising eyebrows and shocking the hoi polloi. Well, he’s done it again turning up to the red carpet premiere of his new film wearing a pair of trousers.

‘This time he’s gone too far,’ cried one outraged onlooker. ‘I’ve respected Woody ever since What’s Up Tiger Lilly?, but this time he’s gone too far.’

However, seasoned festival goers noticed that this wasn’t the first time Woody Allen had rocked the Croissette with controversy. Theirry Fremaux told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

Woody was here in the Seventies with a film, I forget which, and he wore socks. I know it was the strangest thing I ever saw and I’m a broad minded Frenchman. I mean, socks. Because they were socks no one realized until he bent down to tie a shoelace and there they were. Beige. Socks.

Irrational Man meanwhile is not very good.