Blue Jasmine
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3.8Overall Score

The perfect light dramedy for Saturday afternoon hangover with presumably the runner-up for best female actress in a leading role: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.

I may have not watched this movie if it wouldn’t have been for the raving reviews on RT and the respective nomination for Cate Blanchett (Editor’s note: I wrote this movie over a year ago and forgot to post it, now we obviously know that Cate Blanchett took home the Academy Award for best leading actress in 2014) but I’m kind of glad I did. The nutshell-plot is that Cate Blanchett known as Jasmine (“or whatever you call yourself these days”) is moving from NYC to her sister in San Francisco after hitting rock bottom when her husband Alec Baldwin is convicted for being a finance crook on Wall Street (seems to be a popular theme these days).

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The movie is pretty short, crisp and my mind always entertaining to watch. Cate Blanchett does in fact deliver a great performance of the broken, snobby and unlucky newly-west-coast woman who just drains all her sorrow in Vodka. Throughout the entire movie, she runs from one bad situation into another as we go along, and she masters them like an absolute class act. Her whole life in this movie is a roller-coaster, and after each spin the audience kind of hopes that she is better off but somehow she has just fallen deeper. Her falling however doesn’t make us cringe or feel awful like somebody being whipped…it makes us chuckle because it tragically funny but it makes be like “oh, look how deep you can fall, if you don’t treat other people right”. Aside from this movie being a total Cate Blanchett show which was of course awarded with the Oscar for best actress (I didn’t get the review done and posted in time :), Woody Allen tells the story really nicely. The flashbacks which he uses as his main tool to bring the audience up to speed piece by piece is used very effictively and also sheds some more light to the status quo of her and her husband Alec Baldwin or what Jack Donaghue from 30 Rock would be without Tina Fey whipping him in shape every now and then.

With all the craziness, the whole movie felt very authentic. Not everything is glamorous, and everyone can fall from grace at any point.

The only low point of this movie truly is the end, it is just kind of “come on”. But one could expect that from Woody Allen, so I guess I wasn’t surprised. Anyway, I don’t want to spoil anything, the movie is good, the acting is great and it is worth to watch

The Good

  • Entertaining and fantastic performance by Cate Blanchett
  • All in all a very likable cast

The Bad

  • Abrupt and sort of unsatisfying ending – typical for Woody Allen
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  • Running time: 140 min
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Year: 1995

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