Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Markus Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content
Since most people have seen this already and I’m unforgivably late with my review, I’ll make this quick.
Written and directed by Woody Allen (who should be up for an Oscar for best screenplay for his construction of this material) “Blue Jasmine” stars Cate Blanchett as a narcissistic, Manhattan socialite, ex-wife of a Bernie Madoff-type (played by Alec Baldwin) who, now in financial ruin, must move in with her sister, who lives in a lower class apartment in San Francisco (or at least what Allen perceives a lower class apartment in San Francisco looks like). Spending most of her day vainly reminiscing, scoffing at the decisions of others and constantly popping prescription pills, this could be considered a fish out of water story much in the same vein as “Young Adult”, but with Allen’s touch of highbrow comedic sensibility.
With an exceptional ensemble cast, highlighted by performances from Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay (yeah, that’s right, the Diceman himself, who shockingly gives the best supporting performance of the film) it’s Blanchett who owns the screen. At this point I must wholeheartedly agree with my peers in saying that she not only delivers an Oscar worthy performance, but also one of the best (if not the best) of her career.
Final Thought: Will this be a Best Picture contender? Probably not. Is this worth checking out? Absolutely! And even though most of the San Franciscan’s in this film seem to have a thick New York accent and the ending is viciously depressing, “Blue Jasmine” should still be considered one of Woody Allen’s better films; comedic, dramatic or otherwise.
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