Blue Jasmine Reviews
Was not expecting to see Louis C.K. at all. What a bummer when the brunette finds out the guy has a wife. I was really happy for her, rooting for her. Life sucks sometimes. What a just cast of dysfunctional characters.
I know Woody tries to paint the movie charming with it's cast of sometimes funny characters, but it's actually a pretty dark movie when you take away all the ragtime good-feel music and look at the heart of it. A woman who cant find true love, the husband hung himself, the son wants nothing to do with her and she's two steps away from being admitted to the psychiatric ward. Pretty fucking dark stuff Woody is painting.
She's a one wreck of a person and a very dysfunctional human being. She just can't cut a break with finding true love. Everyone that seems to come into her life either she brings down with her or they bring her down. Cate did a terrifyingly wonderful job portraying a woman on the brink of being admitted to the nut house. If you ask me, it's only a matter of time before she kills herself. That's the direction I see the film going.
Overall, this is the most non Woody Allen film I've seen. It's pretty dark material even for him. It's not something I'd want to revisit even if some of the characters are charming. This movie's real, maybe a little too real. I just wonder what Woody was going through in his life that inspired him to write such a movie.
Please don't assume I'm degrading Blanchett's performance to a glib comment about her appearance-she consistently looks amazing even as her character unravels-, but it's the unraveling that's truly stunning.
Capturing the essence of mental illness in her eyes and facial expressions, her 'Jasmine' is nebulous and a bit scary; you're never quite sure if she's just about to completely lose it. To be fair, with all the shit that happens to her and her general mental frailty, it's almost surprising that she keeps it together until the end.
Reserving personal judgment on the ethical and moral behavior of director Woody Allen off screen (don't even get me started), I'm always surprised by how much I like his movies. He creates and encapsulates tiny worlds with his screenplays, and brings a similar tone but unique finger print to each. They're like somewhat related siblings in a very large and fascinating family. Really, he's just capturing the essence of human nature.
We are such interesting creatures, especially when put under stress. Blue Jasmine captures this, and gives the viewer a moment to pause on our own reactions. In those situations, I'd probably go for the xanax too, or at least absorb myself in more movies.
First of all I feel is offensive for an important artist like Woody Allen to quote"A Streetcar named Desire" so shamelessly, but the Jasmine character portrayed by Cate Blanchett was especially identical to the legendary "Blanche du Bois" Played by Vivien Leigh in the 1951 movie. Her acting was good but you just felt like she decided to play "Blanche" in the middle of a Woody Allen script.
Louis CK was pretty funny as usual but couldn't help just play himself like he does in Louie.
In the end it felt like a sad comedy or a tragedy too ridiculous to be dramatic. There is a good socio-political commentary with wall street in the background but has such a marginal role that can be easily ignored by the viewer.
As usual Woody Allen of the last few years is really hit or miss, maybe he should reconsider making one movie a year.