I would like to note that this was not my first attempt at the "Ascendant Independents" challenge this week. I had previously chosen to watch "Tangerine", which I wanted to see because of the fact that it was shot completely on iPhones. Unfortunately, the movie had profanity and sexual content which proved unbearable to me, so I did not finish it. I instead chose, "Irrational Man", the latest film from Woody Allen, which I wanted to see, but missed in theaters because it only lasted for such a short time.
I thought that I had known what this was about going in. I thought that it was going to be a quirky romantic comedy, much like many of Allen's others, proving to be an acting showcase for Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. It was actually a mixture of that, a dark comedy, and a mystery film.
I thought that this movie was extremely underexposed and underrated. Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job of making a seemingly unrelatable character into one that the audience can feel sympathy for. Emma Stone also accents Phoenix's character very well. The writing is witty and even often funny. The movie also delves deep into the philosophical mind of Phoenix's and Stone's characters through voiceovers which provide some of the most interesting moments in the film. With the movie at just over an hour and a half, the movie goes along at a quick pace, but almost too quick. I almost wished that the movie would slow down a bit and expand on its dialogue.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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