Written September 15, 2014
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.
Written August 10, 2013
This movie was beyond what I had hoped for. Blanchette deserves an oscar for her performance it was amazing. This is the best film of the year so far
Written December 22, 2014
deserves another Oscar. Anything I might say about her sensitive, powerful performance would be giving too much away.
I was not happy with some of the other actors and the cardboard script they had to work with.
See it for Cate.
Written October 29, 2014
Another Woody winner - Cate Blanchett is amazing and so is the rest of the cast.
Echos of Streetcar Named Desire but Woody makes it his own.
Written November 29, 2014
No doubt this movie was extremely well made. The acting was excellent. The plotting was complex, but always understandable, with flash backs always containing immediate points of reference so as to avoid confusion. The was irony (macho man RDJr. crying) and humor and pathos.
But, the question remains, why was this move made at all? The nearest I can come to an answer is that it was made to cast light on the phony rich. Well, who cares? Does the movie indicate that Mr. Allen repents his own sexual peccadilloes? No. Does it show that he respects the common man? Yes, but why did he have to make a movie to prove that?
Bottom line for me, is go see this if you wan to appreciate fine craftsmanship in movie making. Don't bother if you want an uplifting tale with strong protagonists with whom you can identify.