Flash Movie Review: Blue Jasmine

A life lived without an honest acknowledgement of one’s history is like living in a 3 walled house; eventually, the weight of reality will come crashing down. I know for I have seen it happen. When a person runs away from their life’s history, taking on a new identity, the facade never lasts long. There was someone I dated a long time ago that never talked about their childhood, parents, or even hobbies. It soon became apparent that my interests were becoming their interests. I saw how they were molding themselves to my way of living and found it unsettling. Essentially they were creating a life for themselves that was dependent on me. The problem they ran into was when there was an issue or crisis, they were ill equipped to handle it; they would implode. The relationship soon ended as I found out later they started a brand new, different life. In a powerful Oscar worthy performance Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Aviator) played wealthy socialite Jasmine, a woman whose life crumbled apart upon the arrest of her crooked businessman husband Hal, played by Alec Baldwin (The Departed, It’s Complicated). With everything lost, Jasmine left New York for San Francisco to stay with her working class sister Ginger, played by Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham, Happy-Go-Lucky). Writer and director Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, Match Point) has a knack for picking an ideal cast and letting them shine with their craft. Everyone in this drama was outstanding. Cate’s over the top brilliant performance was as perfect as it could be; she will be a front runner for the award races this year. I have never seen a poor performance from Sally and she was made to play Ginger. Besides the surprisingly excellent acting by Bobby Cannavale (Win Win, Parker) as Ginger’s boyfriend Chili; do not faint when I tell you comedian Andrew Dice Clay (Pretty in Pink, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane) as Ginger’s ex-husband Augie was living real in his role. I thought the switching of scenes from current to past events would be annoying; but instead, it gave them more intensity. There may not have been a lot of laughs but Woody’s script had a wonderful rhythm to it. This was a fascinating story about the lives people try to create for themselves.

 

3 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 7, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great review! This film, and particularly Cate Blanchett’s performance is getting a lot of buzz already. I heard that the plot is loosely based on A Streetcar Named Desire with Cate in the role of Blanche. I can see bits of that in the trailer, but maybe I’m looking too hard.

    • Hi, I want to tell you your instincts are correct; there are is a closeness to A Streetcar Named Desire. Thank you for your comments and I hope you get to see this movie.

  2. Interesting anecdote about your ex! Yes, you can’t be genuine or happy if you re-create an existence of yourself – especially based on another person. I also found this movie fascinating and really enjoyed it. Are there other movies similar to it in genre that you recommend? Yes, like you, I generally don’t enjoy “flashbacks,” but somehow it works here by drawing a full picture of the characters and storyline.

    • Hi Shanna and thank you for your comments. At the moment I cannot come up with another movie that would be similar in the same genre. If I do later, I will let you know. I am glad you enjoyed this film as much as I did. Be well.

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