Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue Jasmine is Woody Allen’s film for 2013. Allen, who puts out a movie a year, has really struck gold this year. That gold, however, is not the movie itself. That gold is Cate Blanchett. She is the reason you see this movie and the reason why you enjoy it so much.

Unlike Midnight In Paris, Blue Jasmine is one of Allen’s darker comedies. The film revolves around the latter life of Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), divorcee to fraudulent businessman, Hal (Alec Baldwin). Before Hal’s exposure, Jasmine lived a lavish lifestyle filled with a high social status and many fine things. After Hal’s exposure, Jasmine has been left with nothing and is forced to move in with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco.

The story is told through a series of real-time shots and flashbacks. Certain words will trigger Jasmine to look back on parts of her life. In the present day, she’s a complete wreck and is having some mental issues as she tries to cope with all of the events that transpired. Now that Jasmine is living with Ginger, she’s prolonging the move in time of Ginger’s boyfriend, Chile (Bobby Cannavale). Chile is a common worker and is always the victim of Jasmine’s vicious, classicist remarks. Jasmine encourages Ginger to find another, better man, as she too is searching.

Throughout the rest of the film, we see flashbacks of the relationship between Jasmine and Ginger, as Jasmine and Hal ruined the marriage between Ginger and her first husband, Auguie (Andrew Dice Clay). This comes to affect their relationship in current time and is brought up again and again. Also, both Jasmine and Ginger find new love interests in Dwight and Al (Peter Sarsgaard & Louis C.K.). These new relationships are haunted by the girls pasts and only complicate things even further. While we see the bad sides of the sister’s relationships, we also get to see the good sides that give you a bit of hope.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Cate Blanchett is the best part of this movie and that she is a lock for Best Actress this year for the Oscars. Her performance as a woman whose mental state is currently failing is just phenomenal. She plays the part so perfectly! I loved seeing how she would react to certain things and the way that she could switch from kind to classicist in a second. Her trying to adjust to a “lesser” world is truly a sight that needs to be seen this year. She’s fantastic and she’s accompanied by a great cast as well. All the other players are great, but Blanchette makes this movie. It’s story is a bit weak and some of the direction seems off, but Blanchett will make you look past that. If you’re still not convinced about Blanchett and this film, keep reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on Blue Jasmine!

 

The lovely and amazing Cate Blanchette completely giving herself to this role.
The lovely and amazing Cate Blanchette completely giving herself to this role.

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Cate Blanchett gives her best performance to date!

Andrew Dice Clay is hardly in this movie… That made me really sad because he’s amazing.

This film goes by quick and is an easy watch.

The story in this film is an odd one and at times because somewhat unbelievable.

The balance of comedy and drama works really well.

Chile’s character, I feel, is underdeveloped and we don’t get too much background on him.

I liked the flashback sequences a lot!

The humor of the film relies solely on insults.

Alec Baldwin is so enjoyable to watch! He’s awesome!

There are many “random” occurrences in the film that just so happen to move the story along.

Class and social separation is displayed well!

The banter between some of the characters in this film is poorly written.

Louis C.K. is loveable and not half bad in this film!

The film jumps around from scene-to-scene pretty unexpectedly and randomly

Woody Allen isn’t in his own movie still!

I didn’t really like the ending of this film because it left me unsatisfied.

Did I mention how fantastic Blanchett is!? Oscar Nominee for sure.

This is a dark comedy and it gets incredibly depressing at times.

Blue Jasmine works so well because of Cate Blanchett. I strongly urge you see it immediately.

While the story may get dull and the dialog may fall flat, I still say that you should go see this movie for Cate Blanchett’s best performance.

Overall:

Blue Jasmine is a great followup to From Rome With Love and it excels because of Cate Blanchett. She offers the best female performance I’ve seen this year and is a lock for a Best Actress nomination. The dark comedy in this film works very well and fits Blanchett’s character extremely well. The rest of the cast is great as well, but are easily out-shined. Blue Jasmine doesn’t have the greatest story, but it has one of the greatest performances this year. It sounds bad to recommend a movie to someone purely based off of a single actor/actress, but I’m going to do it anyways. Please go see Blue Jasmine for the brilliance that is Cate Blanchett! You won’t be disappointed!

Blue Jasmine Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLtj4LY5CA

4 STARS!!!

4 / 5 stars     

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