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 March 03, 2015
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 April 01, 2015
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.