Written August 02, 2013
Blue Jasmine is a disturbing tale that could be based off a true story relating to a post Enron, Madoff, or Lehman Brothers scandal.
The directing in this movie is excellent. The interspersed flashbacks are done well and are eagerly anticipated as we try to learn a little more of the events leading up to the present.
Cate Blanchett gives an AMAZING performance.
While the plot is somewhat predictable, it is well executed. My one issue with Blue Jasmine lies with the pacing. There isn't a good sense of how much time has passed since Jasmine's past. The present events also suffer from a lack of elapsed time perception. Lastly, some of the events happen too quickly to be believable. A little more time delineation and more development between major events would make it perfect.
Blue Jasmine is a solid movie that will have you wondering what happens next when it ends.
There's nothing during or after the credits
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Written August 16, 2013
It was well acted, but also a tough to enjoy morality play. Watching the title character Jasmine, in her slow motion train wreck of a life, is still a train wreck. I will be more careful about just automatically attending Woody's next film.
Written August 13, 2013
One of the most depressing movies I have ever seen, and only reinforced everything awful about Woody Allen! The two women did a FANTASTIC acting job. Alec Baldwin was perfectly cast for the part....easy for him to play a scumbag.
AWFUL movie, unless you just want to see Kate, because she is wonderful.
Written August 24, 2013
"Blue Jasmine" is entertaining, moving, funny, provocative, sad, and stimulating. It is a great movie by Woody Allen, one of the most gifted film directed in history. For Cate Blanchett, this is a career-defining moment that will, at minimum, result in an Oscar nomination, and likely the top prize.
Written July 28, 2013
The film is a spot-on case-study for the sad reality of economic disparity in America. Like the West Coast version of white trash, Jasmine's sister (Sally Hawkins) always settled for less whereas Jasmine craved the best! Before this film, I was unaware how great an actress Cate Blanchett is. Woody's genius closeups and dialogue let Cate shine like a supernova. As cliche as it sounds, Cate spoke loudest when she said nothing. She emoted her trainwreck of a life using the tiniest of brilliant, nuanced expressions and grimaces. She endured a spiral downfall so we saw her at her worst, mostly with tears, panic, and pain. Her phone call to the FBI set in motion the demise of her cheating, criminal husband but also herself and their son. Her house of cards life collapsed, yet she still flew first class, oh the delusion! However, because of her humanity, she held me in delicious captivity as I felt love and pity for this scorned woman who lost it all while losing her mind, albeit in Chanel.