Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K.
Blue Jasmine is essentially your simple, entertaining Woody Allen film. What separates this from his huge repertoire of comedies is the outstanding performance by Cate Blanchett, and the not so light-hearted story within. I think he goes out of his way to create unlikable characters, yet I almost always find myself rooting for them to succeed. It was a bit slow to start, but once the ball got rolling, I found it to be a wickedly entertaining drama. There's no doubt in my mind that Blanchett will receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, but it may very well be nominated for Best Screenplay and Supporting Actress too. The whole film just gels well, and for once, I didn't find Allen's film to be irritating in the least. It's one of his more solid, entertaining films. He's lucky Blanchett signed on to play Jasmine, because she truly makes it a memorable experience.
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) lost almost all of her money, possessions, and some of her sanity when her husband was arrested for financial fraud. She went from being a highly successful socialite to a nobody, leaving her with no other option but to live with her lower-class sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). We follow her chaotic story as she tries to figure out what to do with her life.
Right off the bat, I'd like to say that this is my all time favourite performance by Blanchett. I loved her in Elizabeth, but I just can't get over how masterful and expressive she was in Blue Jasmine. Those moments of insanity when Jasmine would talk to herself were not only funny, they were also highly believable. Some of the best moments in the movie occurred when she appeared to be lost in the traumatising world of her past. Blanchett brought electric eccentricity to the role, but also a mellowed vulnerability in the quiet moments of the film. It's just an all round, masterful performance by one of the greatest actress of all time.
|Blanchett and Hawkins make a formidable pair.|
|Cannavale is rising up the ranks and becoming one of my favourite comedic actors.|
Would I watch this film again? Hell yeah I would! Cate Blanchett is just utterly stunning in this film. If you're not a fan of Allen's style of comedy, then just watch it for Blanchett's performance. I'm a bit hot-and-cold when it comes to Allen's movies, but Blue Jasmine is the film that has tipped the scale into making me like him as a movie-maker. Even though it had Allen-esque qualities to it, the actors made the characters totally their own. It's a consistently funny movie, and one of Allen's best in my opinion.