Recaps & Reviews

Blue Jasmine Is Woody Allen At His Best

Imagine having everything, and suddenly have it all taken away from you.  From wealth to poverty in a short time.  It’s the basic premise of Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine, and of all the movies released in the first half of 2013 it is by far one of the strongest.

Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) has fallen on hard times.  Her husband Hal (Alec Bladwin) has committed suicide after being charged with fraud and taken to prison, and the government has taken all her money and possessions from her.  She takes her two bags and moves west, to San Francisco to move in with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins).  Ginger is forced to put her life on hold for Jasmine because she feels compelled to look after her because she is family.   Jasmine is lost however, and doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.   She finds herself reliving her past as she stares off into space and talks to herself and anyone who will listen.  Adjusting to life without money is hard for her, and she’d rather find someone with money to look after her, and while she looks she intrudes on her sister’s life and turns it upside down as well.

Cate Blanchett will get an Academy Award nomination for this role.  She is phenomenal, and even though her character is crazy and hard to like, you find yourself drawn into her world and feel bad for her.  Blanchett doesn’t carry this movie, but leads it instead towards a great and entertaining place.  Woody Allen is no stranger to Oscar nominations himself and will probably find himself receiving yet another nod.  He will probably win his fourth Oscar for writing, and possibly a second for directing.  It is by far the most poignant movie he has made in years.  As for the story it is told in the past and in the present, which gives the audience a greater understanding of where Jasmine is coming from as she attempts to get her life back in order.  It’s funny at times and sad at others, and when it ends you find yourself wanting just a little more.

Blue Jasmine will stay with you long after the movie ends, and you will find yourself replaying it in your head over and over again.  Jasmine is one of the most memorable characters in recent years, and you will find yourself wanting to watch it again soon after you just saw it.

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