Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ Premieres At Cannes: The Director Speaks Concerning the Meaninglessness Of Existence
Any movie that begins with a philosophy professor, performed by Joaquin Phoenix, cruising in the vibrant sunlight musing to himself about Kant’s “unanswerable” questions is going to charm me instantly (I additionally train Kant). Indeed, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, which just premiered at Cannes, is a sunny joy to watch, despite its sinister topic: a philosopher named Abe who can’t discover meaning in life – -till he commits a radical act. Perhaps — I suspect — it is the abundance of solar in every scene and the jazzy soundtrack by the Ramsay Lewis Trio that makes the movie so jaunty. Woody Allen privileges outdoor shots, each in a pleasant higher-class locale in Newport, Rhode Island, stone islans the place the professor has come to show.