Irrational Man is Woody Allen's newest film. The matinee I attended was nearly empty and I walked out wishing I hadn't wasted part of a nice afternoon. Joachim Phoenix is a depressed philosophy professor -- I supposed about 50. Posie Parker throws herself at him and lovely student, Emma Stone, falls hard ... what do you expect in a Woody Allen film?
The plot rang bells of more than one novel or short story I've read starting with Crime and Punishment (the cathartic effect of murder). The murder is absurdly easily carried out, and absurdly easily figured out by Ms. Stone, the final twist was so far from a surprise I walked out of the theatre shaking my head that anyone bothered to make the movie. I saw a review that called it a "dramedy" -- no. Not really drama and no comedy. Boredom, plain and simple. How old is Woody? 86? or older? It seems a good time to concentrate on the clarinet and stop giving us "older" men with younger women falling for them. Been there, seen that. Yo-humm.
What I'd love is a good movie (no hokyness) about an older woman (and I mean over 60, not over 40 which has stopped being "older" to everyone except a certain type of man), who attracts a devoted younger man. I think of Georgia O'Keefe who spent many of her last years with a much younger man. I don't know just what their relationship was but it was a lasting and apparently mutually satisfying one. I'm sure it happens, perhaps more than many of use know.
A couple of weeks ago I saw Mr. Holmes. An old fashioned movie (British style) but with "British style", well written script, layers of story and wonderful acting from Ian McKellen and Laura Linney. I left thinking "plain old entertainment doesn't get better than this."