Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Saarsgard, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alden Ehrenreich, Louis CK
Directed by: Woody Allen
Synopsis: A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister.
Another year, another Woody Allen movie. The directing genius must realise he is getting old, as he is churning out films like his days are rapidly running out. Some are hits (Midnight in Paris) and some are misses (To Rome with Love) but Allen’s films are always watchable in my opinion. In fact, I love all of his latest films. Blue Jasmine is easily up there with the best of them.
It is an acting tour de force from Cate Blanchett as the psychologically damaged titular character. Her emotions go from one end of the spectrum to the other constantly, usually in the same scene. I can’t see past Blanchett for the best actress Oscar after this performance. Sally Hawkins, who plays her sister, is also fantastic and could well scoop a best supporting actress Oscar. All of the supporting cast are great including Dice Clay, Stuhlbarg, Saarsgard and Cannavale, who is his usual crazy self.
This is very much a character based film as with many Woody Allen films, although there is more drama and less comedy in this. Blanchett desperately tries to get to grips with her new existence living among the ‘normal’ people, as opposed to her previous lavish lifestyle. Her sister, on the flipside has had to battle through life forever, without any help from Jasmine. Yet she is protective of her, and loyal to a fault.
Nothing seems to be learned from any of this by the end of the movie, Jasmine is still broken, her sister still dates losers. But it’s a must see movie, purely because of the performances.