Written September 29, 2013
I have not been able to stop thinking about this movie. It was so good on so many levels. Kate Blanchett is wonderful in the tragic role of a rich, spoiled woman who loses everything through her her husband's dishonesty. The rest of the supporting characters do a superb job as well. Andrew Dice Clay is quite believable as a contractor who loses everything due to the mishandling of his savings through the Madoff character, played to the hilt by Alex Baldwin. The wardrobe was an important part of the movie as well. Kate's holding on to her Chanel jacket and pearls on her downward spiral reminded me of Blanche Dubois holding onto her Southern Bell wardrobe as she also cannot come to terms with her present situation.
Woody Allen's use of music had me waiting through the credits to catch who the artists were.
Written August 12, 2013
acting was very good, but script left a lot to desire. not worth the money to see some spoiled woman whi thinks she is better than her sister
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 29, 2013
This is a "must see". Cate Blanchett was simply amazing. The entire cast was exceptional. I am a long time "not" love of Woody Allen's work - until "Match Point". This film has totally erased my earlier opinions. The story had debt and honesty and I highly recommend that you see it.
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.