I’m beginning my Oscar preparations by reviewing some of the releases that have achieved Academy Award nominations and sharing with you all my verdict on whether these movies actually live up to the hype.
What’s it About?
Jasmine Francis (Cate Blanchett) is a Manhattan socialite who has it all: beauty, wealth and a rich and handsome husband named Hal (Alec Baldwin). But when her husband’s white collar scheme is exposed, she loses everything and is forced to move in with her very working class, sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins). While trying to forge a new life for herself, Jasmine begins to lose touch with the present.
Woody Allen directs ‘Blue Jasmine’ with his usual, quirky charm that has secured him as one of the greatest directors of all time. The rural scenery and seaside setting is shot so beautifully that you become tempted to spontaneously book a flight to San Fran, it really is that appealing. Yet the same can’t be said for the character of Jasmine, who is dying to return to her luxurious life. Cate Blanchett led this talented cast with some incredible acting and arguably the best of her career. A lot of the time she’s acting with herself (you’ll find out why) and those scenes are some of the best, where we see Jasmine, flawed in all of her peasant glory, and it’s all thanks to the natural talents of Ms Blanchett.
The supporting cast do great but you can’t help but feel they’re drowned out by such an impressive lead, however, Sally Hawkins showed some great range as Jasmine’s belittled sister, and you really feel for her character the most. The screenwriting is the second best thing about this movie. Woody Allen has a real talent for subtle dialogue that allows his actors to show off their range and it is certainly fun to watch.
The film can fall flat at times, especially when you’re dealing with a movie with many interweaving scenes but it will do you well to appreciate all it has to offer. Despite minor cliche’s, Blue Jasmine is probably one of Woody Allen’s greatest works and one to be recognised as such.