Give Cate Blanchet (The Hobbit) any complicated, distressed female character to play and she will gloriously run with it. Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was well aware of her skill set when choosing her to play the title role in Blue Jasmine. Well the movie itself didn’t resonate for me as I hoped, the acting from Blanchet, Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) was very good.
Blanchet plays a woman (Jasmine) who has pretty much lost everything due to the 2008 economic crash. Her husband’s (Baldwin) fortune was taken away due to his corrupt business practices. He dies shortly after causing her son to leave her all alone. In hopes of getting a new start she moves to San Francisco to live with her sister (Hawkins).
Well getting used to her sister’s humble life, also filled with problems, the beauty of San Francisco becomes a character of its own. Allen really likes taking a city and letting its charm personify a movie. In Blue Jasmine, SF becomes the only ray of hope the characters have. If the city wasn’t so artistically characterized, optimism would not exist in this really dark comedy.
Allen and his acting talent were on top of their game, but I personally needed to see more of a change in the characters over the film’s duration. Not enough happens and nothing is really resolved, but I guess that is the point of the film (Blanchet is a clear Oscar candidate though).
By: Jonathan Havey | Editor-in-Chief