Written April 26, 2015
We liked because Woody's own neurotic character was absent. It was interesting to focus on a neurotic woman without Woody's intrusion (if that's possible) and Cate Blanchett gave a really wonderful performance. Lots of other great characters, too.
Written August 18, 2013
Excellent "Woody Allen". Mr Allen knows how to tell life stories. Although billed as a comedy, this story is not funny. There were a few laughable moments, but this movie's strength lies in its script and its actors. Kate Blanchett was beyond brilliant in her portrayal of the "favorite sister". The male characters gave the viewer a look at the unpleasant side of being a man. They were portrayed as insensitive, lying, cheating, and just plane dumb. The women were not much better as people. The children were perfect foil for the grownups' mistakes.
Written August 02, 2015
Cate Blanchet is a tour de force as an actor -- definite Oscar material. But the story is weak, about a very superficial and selfish woman whose only talent appears to be about being a hostess and looking elegant. As the Greeks have said, true tragedy only comes when something noble is destroyed. Nothing noble about Jasmine. Frank Hodsoll
Written January 29, 2015
This is a "must see". Cate Blanchett was simply amazing. The entire cast was exceptional. I am a long time "not" love of Woody Allen's work - until "Match Point". This film has totally erased my earlier opinions. The story had debt and honesty and I highly recommend that you see it.
Written September 01, 2013
Blue Jasmine refers to the title character, Jasmine (nee Jeanette), the widow of a financial conman, Hal ( Alec Baldwin). She has to move in with Ginger (Sally Hawkins) , the working-class sister she disdained, after losing everything when Hal was caught. This is interspersed with flashbacks of her life with her husband.
Blanchett's portrayal of both the before-and-after Jasmine is excellent. Hawkins is also good as the estranged sister. One stand out is Andrew "Dice" Clay, best known in the 80s as a gross-out comic, who does a fine job as Augie, the sister's ex-husband, who has particular reason to be embittered with Jasmine and Hal.
The movie is part character study of Jasmine's fall and part morality play, contrasting the rough-hewn working class characters one of whom, Chili, played well by Bobby Cannivale, can point out to Jasmine that at least they don't steal. The movie is able to execute this without becoming didactic.