3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Typical Woody Allen.

No one can mix the genres of comedy, romance and murder mystery quite like Woody can. In fact, no one else would probably even dare to try. As soon as you see his trademark typeface in the opening credits you know that you’re watching a Woody Allen™ movie and can rest assured it’s going to be good.

Jill (Emma Stone) is infatuated with her oddball psychology professor Abe (Joaquin Phoenix) who has completely lost his lust for life. As their friendship grows ever closer and Jill becomes more and more interested in Abe, she tries her best to revive his spirits but to no avail. That is, until a random overheard conversation in a diner turns his world upside down.

Irrational Man has quite a comfortable tempo, fast-paced enough to keep you interested, but still very down to earth and relaxed. It almost lulls you into a false sense of security. The crowning glory of the film is how perfectly it all ties up in the end – very reminiscent of Match Point. Special mention for Parker Posey, who is absolutely spot-on in her supporting role as Abe’s equally disillusioned fellow teacher, Rita.

So much more than your average romantic comedy, fans of Allen’s work will not be disappointed.

Irrational Man premieres in Sweden on October 2.

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