Written June 26, 2016
Going in I knew that this was not the usual Woody Alen fare that I have been watching since "Bananas" , "Manhattan" ,"Annie Hall" etc...in the '70s. Other than the performances from Cate Blachett and Andrew DIce Clay....the rest of the actors were as predictable and as pedestrian as the usual "Life" script. Alec Baldwin playing his predictable self.... It was a made for TV movie. Maybe Woody is really getting on, and dwelling on human conditions that are seen way too much on TV and in the movies...it's BORING already....one would think he would take another road in his writing by now. I find it hard to believe the good reviews. For me .....I add it to the few poorer productions and scripts from Woody. ....Also if you are going to film in a great city like San Francisco ...at least show the city and it's high points.....not some depressing outskirts. I say skip it......wait till cable or rent it.
Written October 24, 2014
Are there light moments sprinkled in? Yes. Believable characters and well executed acting? Yes,
But the story line in itself is depressing and your heart aches for the protagonist. Does your heart get relief? I cannot give you spoils.
Written May 03, 2016
I've seen most of Woody Allen's movies and I'm usually eager to see each new one soon after it's released. That was certainly the case with Blue Jasmine. I liked the movie very much, and think Cate Blanchett's performance was wonderful; she's deserving of an Oscar nomination for best actress.
The subject matter and tone of the movie are different than any of Allen's previous films that I can recall. I'd read reviews before seeing it and knew the movie's theme had similarities to A Streetcar Named Desire, which I watched the night before seeing Blue Jasmine, to refresh my memory of it. The thematic similarities in Blue Jasmine are clear, but it's not a remake of Streetcar which is just fine.
Sally Hawkins is also very good as Ginger, and Alec Baldwin was a no-brainer casting choice as Hal since he plays the outwardly confident and smarmy wealthy businessman with ease.
Written January 30, 2015
Is Woody Allen sharing revenue from Blue Jasmine with Tennessee Williams' estate? It's a remake of Streetcar Named Desire with a dash of Glass Menagerie. STELLA!!!
Written September 01, 2015
Nice character study by Cate Blanchett, but the movie is flat and unfunny. The bombshell reveal at the end had no emotional impact on my wife or me. I guess we never felt an emotional connection to the title character, so we didn't care why she found herself in such an awful situation. To us, she pretty much deserved it. This movie needed scintillating dialogue to offset the overall negative mood, and Woody's writing was not up to the task. I would rather have watched one of my wife's picks from Netflix, like maybe something about a serial killer, filmed in Hungarian with subtitles. If done well, that would have at least been interesting.