Written July 29, 2016
Great movie and the best Woody Allen movie I've seen. The acting was exceptional....several should be nominated for best actress,actor, supporting actress/actor. I would like to go and see it again.nice music background. Cate Blanchett did a teriffic job with a very demanding part. Interesting ending.
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 September 27, 2016
I guess I'm out of the loop. I realize it was a well-made movie and that the acting was fabulous, especially Cate Blanchett, but as a piece of entertainment, I found it self-indulgent and sad.
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.
Written August 24, 2016
This is not a frothy frolic or a light distraction. As others have said, it is a retelling of Street Car Named Desire. A powerful tragedy. Must see.