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Blue Jasmine (2013) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 25 July 2013

 

Jay´s Review

Is this yet another Oscar contender for Woody Allen? In my opinion AND the opinion of other screeners tonight, if Cate Blanchett isn't short-listed for this year's Best Actress, there is no justice. As a matter of fact, in this award-winning assembly there is NO weak performance.

I sat there marveling at the talent and skill on display. Blanchett (from Australia) and Hawkins (from the U.K.) played American sisters without a hint of accent. Furthermore, no one in this film had to do that irritating Woody Allen stammer. Yippee! This is one of Allen's most accessible films since "Match Point."

Look at this cast:

  • * Cate Blanchett ("Hanna") is the pampered wife of an extremely successful New York businessman, her live suffers a cataclysmic shock and she loses touch with reality, so she seeks shelter with her divorced sister. (She has won an Oscar among many other honors.)
  • * Alec Baldwin ("Rock of Ages") is her husband, suave, handsome and (we can tell) smarmy. Baldwin relishes roles like this. (He has won numerous Emmys.)
  • * Sally Hawkins ("Made in Dagenham") is her sister, a single parent in a tiny walk-up, but willing to try to help. (She won a Golden Globe.)
  • * Bobby Cannavale ("Win Win") plays another ebullient character, outspoken, honest and very appealing. (He won an Emmy.)
  • * Andrew Dice Clay ("Entourage") is our gal's former brother-in-law; he has a way of condensing all of her faults into three statements. (He won a Razzie(!)
  • * Peter Sarsgaard ("An Education") walks into our gal's life just in the nick of time! (He won BSFC Award.)

This excellently crafted PG-13 script slowly unveils events in Jasmine's past. We couldn't help but hear the mature man/teenage lover defense with Mr. Allen's notorious past in mind, and some of the relationships evoked echoes of Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar..." Between Allen and Blanchett, they have created a realistic and relatable melt-down!

I love it when there are no bad guys or good guys, just people with human failings and various levels of desperation, trying to get by.

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