Blue Jasmine

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Blue Jasmine - Cate Blanchett

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Posted: Mon Sep 16 2013

For Woody Allen fans, watching his recent films has been like prising your eyes open after an earthquake. Will everything be just as it once was? Or will it look like ‘Cassandra’s Dream’, his 2007 low, starring Colin Farrell as a London mechanic? For now we can breathe a sigh of relief. ‘Blue Jasmine’ is Allen’s strongest film overall since ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, but you have to dig deep in the New Yorker’s back catalogue to find a single performance­­ as affecting and well-judged as the one Cate Blanchett delivers.

Her brittle, shivery Jasmine is a Manhattan socialite whose world crumbles after the collapse of a Ponzi scheme run by her bigger-than-life fraudster husband, Hal (Alec Baldwin). Broke, with nowhere else to go, Jasmine moves in with her down-to-earth sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco. As she tries to get back on her feet, Allen gives us flashbacks to the high life she once shared with Hal in New York.

Blanchett’s Jasmine slips between ingratiating and alienating. Is she a victim? Or the architect of her own demise? Should we care about how damaged she is? Or worry more about the damage she might inflict on others, including her heart-of-gold sister and the new man in her life (Peter Sarsgaard)? Or are the interests of everyone else in this tale equally self-serving?

One of the most pleasing things about ‘Blue Jasmine’ is that it feels truly knotty and never obvious in how it unfolds. It has a lightness of touch and a seriousness of purpose. Yes, Tennessee Williams’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ hangs over Allen’s portrayal of these sisters, their men and their pasts, and yes, some of those men are clunky working-class stereotypes. But mostly this is surprising and refreshing.

Some of Allen’s strongest films – such as 1978’s ‘Interiors’ and 1988’s ‘Another Woman’ – have put the gags on hold and found richness in troubled women. ‘Jasmine’ doesn’t steer clear of comedy, but its best humour is of the black, squirming sort, such as when Jasmine’s new dentist boss comes on to her (‘Have you ever got high on nitrous oxide?’). Or when, in the good old days, Ginger and her then-husband (Andrew Dice Clay), a builder, pay Jasmine and Hal an excruciating visit at their luxury home. But there’s no disguising the trauma of its final shot and the interest at its heart: a sad woman in freefall.

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Fri Sep 20, 2013

Duration:

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Pip

A timely reminder that money can be cold, and that living your life by it is no life.

maya

melodarma from life that remind you that money is not everthing in life :)some minutes you on the top rich but ignore cold love shine by big money luxsury and in the end you finish in asmall town dream to be some woman you are not cause you finally found love but the fake small lie finish it in aminute. jasmin is darma queen ironicly the dream colaps :)

J.von Hohenlohe

Brilliant movie! If Cate Blanchette does'nt win or at least has a nomination then the movie business is only a question of it being a personal popularity contest. No doubt she'll be up against Sandra Bullock and who knows who else but she by far deserves an oscar. Not a dull moment in this film and it should be known how true this well written plot really is!

J.von Hohenlohe

Brilliant movie! If Cate Blanchette does'nt win or at least has a nomination then the movie business is only a question of it being a personal popularity contest. No doubt she'll be up against Sandra Bullock and who knows who else but she by far deserves an oscar. Not a dull moment in this film and it should be known how true this well written plot really is!

Sarah Richardson

Okay, without wanting to bang on about how this is meant to be Woody Allen's come back movie as seems to have been given more attention than the movie itself, it can't be ignored that this movie oozes Allen, in a good way. The story telling is through both present day and random flashbacks, which don't appear to be in any strict order, except that the most revealing flashbacks are naturally saved for last. So, there's a bit of a twist, which although not plot-shuddering does leave you questioning a bit about some earlier scenes. Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins are great. CB goes from manic to, well, a different sort of manic within seconds and repeatedly does this fantastic possessed-looking upward glare which really has you questioning how they'd made her look so attractive in that last scene. I didn't miss Diane Keaton once. I measure a good film by how many times I check my phone for messages (not once) or think about going to the bathroom (not once). So while I did find it totally engaging, I wouldn't say that it's added anything substantially memorable or thought-provoking to my life. But then, Despicable Me didn't either and that was a really good film too.

John A

A short journey with Kate to nowhere...Match point was a masterpiece after all

Paul

What a great night out seeing this film and a master at work, long live Woody making films that don't conform to Hollywood tropes. Left with a skip in my step after great performances and uplifted by victory of reality over insincerity. Must see, get on down to your local flicks now and leave your smartphone at home. A rare 5star from me, I enjoyed it that much!

Paul

What a great night out seeing this film and a master at work, long live Woody making films that don't conform to Hollywood tropes. Left with a skip in my step after great performances and uplifted by victory of reality over insincerity. Must see, get on down to your local flicks now and leave your smartphone at home. A rare 5star from me, I enjoyed it that much!

critique

Adequate time-passer which is nowhere near as impressive as some reviewers are making out.

jay

The histogram of Woody Allen's output since the mid-nineties has become somewhat of a tremulous affair. His confidence as a master storyteller seemed to have been waning considerably; from constructing stories outside of his native New York; to the wistful pleasures of watching Scarlet Johansson reciting his dialogue just for the sake of it. As a fan of Mr. Allen (even when he is not at the top of his game) I was drawn to this on the basis of Cate Blanchett's lauded performance. From the start, you are trying to your hardest to empathise with her predicament - But these conflicting attitudes she has towards life; from living with her down-trodden, unlucky in love sister (the brilliant Sally Hawkins); and her wanten need for the opulant, materialistic things in life, divide your judgment. The after effects of deceit - especially from a loved one - is portrayed with complete authority by Blanchett. It's a tour de force performance. And as for Mr. Allen: He is one of the best screenwriters working in film today - and this just proves his prowess with the written word. At the ripe old age of 77, he continues to deliver a film year after year; whether they are successful or substandard, a sprightly young filmmaker today, could not challenge this feat.

jay

The histogram of Woody Allen's output since the mid-nineties has become somewhat of a tremulous affair. His confidence as a master storyteller seemed to have been waning considerably; from constructing stories outside of his native New York; to the wistful pleasures of watching Scarlet Johansson reciting his dialogue just for the sake of it. As a fan of Mr. Allen (even when he is not at the top of his game) I was drawn to this on the basis of Cate Blanchett's lauded performance. From the start, you are trying to your hardest to empathise with her predicament - But these conflicting attitudes she has towards life; from living with her down-trodden, unlucky in love sister (the brilliant Sally Hawkins); and her wanten need for the opulant, materialistic things in life, divide your judgment. The after effects of deceit - especially from a loved one - is portrayed with complete authority by Blanchett. It's a tour de force performance. And as for Mr. Allen: He is one of the best screenwriters working in film today - and this just proves his prowess with the written word. At the ripe old age of 77, he continues to deliver a film year after year; whether they are successful or substandard, a sprightly young filmmaker today, could not challenge this feat.

Andrew Johnson

Cate Blanchett at the top of her game. As good a performance as any in film history. Kate Hepburn, Bette Davis would not have been better. Hawkins complements her perfectly and should get a nomination for best support. I'm a fan of the 80's/90's Woody Allen. I'm not sure that Woody makes 'Woody Allen' films any longer . But this is just a great film. Go and see it!

Andrew Johnson

Cate Blanchett at the top of her game. As good a performance as any in film history. Kate Hepburn, Bette Davis would not have been better. Hawkins complements her perfectly and should get a nomination for best support. I'm a fan of the 80's/90's Woody Allen. I'm not sure that Woody makes 'Woody Allen' films any longer . But this is just a great film. Go and see it!

david glowacki

This is a film that is very short of laughs and very short on quirky real life situations.Blanchet slowly grows into her role with some fine moments from her near the end.However for the first 45 mins her performance is too mannered and too caricatured.Her female co-star,Sally Hawkins, is somewhat better with her more naturalistic style of acting..The real problem for me is that a Woody Allen film without Woody Allen in the central acting role is really a poor copy of his earlier films.Blanchet plays the crazed anxious neurotic,which is the part the Allen always played.No-body can do,the highly strung,manic neurotic part as well as him,and Blanchet whilst decent cannot match him.A decent enough film,but perhaps a bit dry in it's delivery

MikeT

Well written, well shot, and well acted. But, Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins are really exceptional. As other Time Out reviews (below) indicate, the story’s not uplifting - mainly because it’s a story of the banking crisis, and so well acted you’re absorbed in the story. It’s the kind of story Woody Allen writes best - examining the relationships between people - love, lust, hate, and how other people get used as fallback positions. Just as Blanchett’s being tipped for an Oscar for this, I hope Hawkins is tipped for best supporting actress.

Sutton

Well made film, with an excellent performance from Blanchett, however that said, it is an ultimately depressing story and not particularly enjoyable.

Ed Dobson

The cast made me want to see this but stating its his strongest film since `Vicky Cristina Barcelona` doesn`t! Realistically he hasn`t made anything worthwhile since the 90`s. That said i`ve not seen any since VCB.

Edi

brilliant film,Blanchett and Baldwin exceptional, better than ever

FilmFanHolland

Cate Blanchett might just finally win the Best Actress Oscar next year for this role: I saw the movie in Amsterdam recently and loved it!

Olja K

Great acting and dialogue; demeaning to humans of all status, but so is life nowadays. Woody doesn't care about political correctness, and that's refreshing bev+cause he still knows the line he should never cross (in films:)).

Olja K

Great acting and dialogue; demeaning to humans of all status, but so is life nowadays. Woody doesn't care about political correctness, and that's refreshing bev+cause he still knows the line he should never cross (in films:)).