Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Movie review - Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue Jasmine (2013) / drama, comedy

Directed and Written by Woody Allen
Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alden Ehrenreich, Tammy Blanchard
Trailer: click.

Jaw dropping performance by Cate with a great witty modern script.

Emotionally unstable Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) comes to live with her sister Ginge (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco since she's getting a divorced from wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin). We learn more about their mariage in flashbacks, where Jasmine remembers her past life in New York.

Another successful mashup of drama with a bits of comedy. First of all. Cate is incredible to watch in her powerful and emotional performance. Her character is full of strength and narcissism yet vulnerable, real and in denial. I enjoyed the way Woody tells the story, the script is marvellous, you can see how characters develop and the rest of the cast are amazing as well (Sally, Bobby, Andrew). More than anything else this is character's (psychological study of a woman in denial) and thought provoking movie (class and cultural differences). It gets you to think about the delusion of those who believe in the 'perfect high class materialistic world' and illusions that we buy. Music was good too. Worth watching! 4/5

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