DVD Review: Blue Jasmine
That's kind of how I felt when I was watching Blue Jasmine. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) married a rich man (Alec Baldwin) who's lavish lifestyle she became accustomed to. Then he gets arrested for fraud, kills himself in prison, and now "poor" Jasmine is forced to move to San Francisco with her sister Ginger. (Sally Hawkins) Jasmine is not used to life as a "commoner." She hates Ginger's new boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Canavale) and she doesn't know what she actually wants to do with her life.
I had to see this based on the buzz around Blanchett's performance, and she deserves all of it. She's fantastic as Jasmine. Her character has absolutely no redeeming qualities, but Blanchett still captures her and makes us want to see what happens with the train wreck that is Jasmine's life. Hawkins and Canavale gave good performances too, but other actors like Louis C.K and Peter Sarsgard as wasted.
I honestly think I would've enjoyed this movie more had it not been directed by Woody Allen. I know, I'm one of the few who doesn't like his movies (minus Midnight in Paris) but his signature jazzy music and neurotic-ness (that's not a word) just didn't feel like it fit. Perhaps it would've worked better as a hard drama? Who knows. The point is, there's some great performances in here, but the film itself isn't the greatest.
Recommended: No (Though if you're a Blanchett fan, you should see it for her.)
Memorable Quote: "Who do you have to sleep with around here to get a Stoli martini with a twist of lemon?"