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.

3.5 clappers

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  1. Good review. I had a lot of the same thoughts 🙂 Definitely one of my faves of 2013. Haha Cannavale really is crazy 😀
    Hope this film wins some Oscars!

  2. Nice review, woody is fantastic, he wrote a great story which I really loved and Cate of course brought it to life. Definitely one of my favorites this year.

  3. The Reading Girl

    I loved this movie….and Cate Blanchett was amazing….I think she should win the Oscar….but I am pretty sure that Amy Adams is going to win it for American Hustle…..its a mistake they will make. Not saying that Adams was bad….but Cate was wonderful.

    • I liked American Hustle but I didn’t think it was amazing. I’m surprised it’s been nominated for so much to be honest. Blanchett deserves it over Adams all day long. Maybe the judges were put off by Amy’s cleavage!

      • The Reading Girl

        I agree with you….a lot of nominations. Amy did do a great job playing that character but its hard to decide don’t you think? Its two whole different characters…it depends on what the judges love or like I guess.

  4. Great review, as a huge Cate Blanchett fan I need to see this soon.

  5. Nice review – totally agree with you that Blanchett deserves an Oscar.

  6. Haven’t seen this, but it’s probably better than I think… I even liked To Rome with Love! Nice thoughts about the ending – that seems to be a theme in most of Woody Allen’s films

  7. Nice review Thomas. The ensemble is great and really does allow Woody’s script come to life, in ways that he probably didn’t even imagine. That’s a good thing, by the way, as the script is very good, but could have also been read in some many, many different ways.

  8. Nice review. The last Allen movie I saw was “Hollywood Ending” and it was interesting. Memorable. I hope I get to see this one. I’ve liked most of his work and still do.

  9. Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    As those of you who follow my blog know, music is a food group for me! Movies are definitely the pop corn, Maltesers, ice-cream on the menu. The first film that really set me on the path was Laurence of Arabia at age 10 – even then, Omar Sharif on his camel appearing through the mirage in the desert, got the heart thumping! Crushes aside – I love movies so to find a blog that combines both music and film is a great delight. With so much rubbish now being produced by the studios – it is also good to know what to spend £20 on a visit to the Cinema.

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