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'Blue Jasmine', no prospect for a happy ending

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Woody Allen takes us through life with his prism spectacles once again in Blue Jasmine. If you are a Woody Allen fan, you have probably have seen it a couple of times already. Why would you do that?

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The character and the innuendo. Is this about Bernie Madoff and his wife. Nothing is that literal.

“A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love…”

That’s all you get as a snippet.

Casting is superb. Let’s mention Alec Baldwin, the actor who doesn’t want to act anymore because he had a stalker who drove him to tears. In this film he could have been typecast as he was naturally arrogant and belligerent.

“On November 26, 2013, Baldwin's talk show was cancelled due to his use of an offensive, anti-gay epithet to describe a reporter and for his alleged abuse of colleagues at NBC's headquarters.[2]”

In this movie, he cancelled himself in the end.

Saving the best until last, in this reviewer's opinion, Cate Blanchett played her heart out in a character that was believably tormented as a product of her own experience and genetic unfolding. There probably has never been such an effective performance of a woman with mental disorders that are so perfectly unveiled, concealed, and revealed again. That is Woody Allen again, and one wonders if Orlando is playing himself.

The next time that you are sitting on a park bench and notice a person talking to themselves without a cell phone or Bluetooth attached, and you hear parts of the conversation that reveal intimate details and responses, see Blue Jasmine and you might better appreciate where that person has been. It may not be as glamorous, but it may be as conflicted.

Cate Blanchett, drunk or not, that is an Oscar performance worth remembering.

“Cate Blanchett had a really, really good time at the 2014 Golden Globes -- not that she remembers much of it. In a new interview with the U.K.'s Telegraph a little over a week after she won the best actress in a drama award for "Blue Jasmine," the 44-year-old Aussie admitted she was tipsy when she gave her acceptance speech.

"Unfortunately my category came up rather late in the evening so I was a couple of sheets to the wind," she told the paper, laughing. "Once your name is read out it's a high like no other, so I can't remember a lot. I hope I didn't do too many things I'll regret."”

See the whole experience in 8 images in the slideshow.


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