The film shows two sides of her life through flashbacks: the glamorous and luxurious life with her husband, Hal (Alec Baldwin), and now having to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), until she gets back on her feet.
The loathing aspect to her character is shown through her lifestyle living in New York with her financier husband and avoiding her sister and her first husband, Augie (Andrew Dice Clay), when they are forced to visit New York after their wedding and with big news.
Through her naïveté one can’t help but think that she’s the victim of unfortunate circumstance. She lived the luxurious life of hosting parties, taking up charitable causes and being showered with extravagant gifts could blindside her from her husband’s dealings. But her woe’s me attitude attaches itself onto Ginger.
Her character is easily manipulated with her low self-esteem stemming from their childhood with Jasmine always being favored. She yearns for the life that Jasmine once had and with the attention of high class and high living which results in a relationship at a party with Al (Louis C.K.).
This also conflicts her relationship with Bobby Cannavale as Chili as their plans are upheld by Jasmine. Jasmine's critiques him as just another example of her ex-spouse and becomes a driving wedge between them. In one scene, Mr. Cannavale unable to stand Jasmine any longer becomes brutish as he blames Jasmine for postponing their lives and plans before asking for Ginger's forgiveness in terms of endearment.
Once in San Francisco, Jasmine has her potential suitor with Dr.Flicker (Michael Stuhlberg) where she works as a receptionist at a dental office. Her menial job and the difficulties of going back to school shows the tough transition of middle class performing menial jobs and the hard work needed to better herself. However she takes the easier route out of the predicament she's in through her involvement with aspiring politician Dwight (Peter Sarsgard).
Woody Allen shows that he can not only write from strong male characters with issues but for female characters as well. Her flawed character has audience rooting for her to get back on her feet before we realize that her life as an elitist without any care in the world shows her character's shortcomings.
But the only one who can see through the complex persona of Jasmine is Augie when he brings the events of the past into the present to expose her for who she really is.
Jasmine’s instability is noticeable as mentioned and seen throughout the movie that she had a breakdown in which she will tell anyone with a sympathetic ear of anyone wanting to listen to her life from Wall Street to Main Street.
Her delusions and plans of salvation to the life she once had shows that her character will go through no limits and boundaries to obtain what she once had before everything came crashing to a sudden halt no matter who gets hurts to what she wants.
Classification: In Theaters
Grade: 4 stars out of 5 stars.
Jasmine is someone that is both loved and despised for what she has become to what she is now. No character has the audience conflicted on whether or not she finds a happy ending after all.
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content.
Timing: 1 Hour, 38 Minutes
- Director & Writer: Woody Allen