Written July 29, 2014
Wonderfully classic Woody Allen! And with an award-winning performance by Kate Blanchett, who could ask for more? A funny and delightful parody of the wealthy life style vs. the way the rest of us live.
Written December 14, 2013
I'm not a big fan of Woody Allen movies, but I'd heard good things about this one. I'm so glad I caught it in the theaters. Kate Blanchett embodies Jasmine so entirely I kept forgetting I was watching Kate Blanchett. The rest of the cast, as well, portrayed the compelling story line in a gifted manner. My only complaint was the ending.
Written September 21, 2014
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 24, 2014
Don't bother with the voting, Cate Blanchett is Best Actress - hands down. If you like great acting, that is probably the only reason to see this movie.
That being said, this is a depressing movie about an unstable woman, in which everything possible goes wrong. Along the way, everyone she touches is impacted in a negative way. This movie is painful to watch. Unless you are into depressing movies, skip this one.
Written September 16, 2014
Saw the film twice already, and that never happens. The first time, I was enthralled by Cate Blanchet's performance. The next time by all the other performers. Already it is my favorite Woody Allan film.