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“Blue Jasmine” – Review (POSITIVE)

August 26, 2013

Screen shot 2013-08-26 at 3.55.04 PMThere seems to be a somewhat common pattern with Woody Allen movies, after every successful movie he’s done (“Midnight in Paris) the one following it will end up being a stinker (“To Rome With Love”). But then, he bounces back like nothing happened with a film that earns the phrase, ‘his best film yet’. “Blue Jasmine” is certainly without question one of his best films yet.

The story about a woman’s failed marriage and overall rich lifestyle falling into shambles. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) was living the highlife with her ultra-businessman of a husband (Alec Baldwin), but after running into trouble with the government, that precious lifestyle came to a permanent halt. Jasmine moves to San Francisco to live with her adoptive sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Jasmine tries to reinvent herself, but has trouble coping with such a game change, that her mental state isn’t all what it used to be, which could infinitely be her downfall.

I’ve seen some mid-life crisis films before, but this one takes the cake as being the most deprived, depressing, narcissistic, and down right funniest one to date. Jasmine is someone you shouldn’t empathize with, why should you, in essence she’s not really a protagonist, but not really an antagonist either. She’s the embodiment of narcissism, plane and simple. She thinks that the life she lived is the only way to survive and thrive in this world, blinded by realities of what the average Joe goes through has crippled her selfing being.

Woody Allen knows how to write these kinds of characters, because I’m almost certain he knows people like the people he writes about in real life. Not sure if he knows any real Jasmines out there, and God be with him if he does, but Jasmine comes off as the symbol of the revolting 1% that so many despise and when one of those 1%-ers fail, its almost self-gratifying for some to watch them fall to pieces.

Cate Blanchett gives a remarkable performance as the title character, a side of her I never thought I’d ever see before. She really makes it her own, while still finding that special Woody Allen character touch that we’re so commonly acquainted with. The supporting cast rocks here, from Sally Hawkins to Louie CK to even Andrew Dice Clay! Clay gives a special performance that may earn him some unsuspecting awards buzz, maybe not Oscar, but something. Brilliant film all around, don’t miss out on this one before it leaves the summer theater season.

GRADE: A-

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