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 December 03, 2016
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 September 26, 2016
Each of the characters in the film are portrayed as superficial, interested in petty things, fail to see value in real human relationships, have little or no boundaries or respect for other people and all this was written by Woody Allen. These are two dimensional characters, not real people by any stretch. The dialogue is one lecture after another with no one ever really listening to anyone else. So, its narcissistic farce a la mode. I did get amused at times, but to call this great character development is a stretch. Likeability wise, not one character was likeable. Cate's role, while well acted, is thoroughly self centered, her husband Alec flaunts the rules and loyalty, her sister is self defeating and flows with anyone who gives her attention, her boyfriend has some character but is dying to be liked at any cost by her and her kids. The list goes on. Loved San Francisco footage!
Written April 26, 2017
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.
Written March 23, 2017
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!!!