DVD Review: Blue Jasmine
Woody Allen’s films are always tough for me to get through, so much so that I won’t knowingly request one for review. But seeing as Blue Jasmine was sent to me, I decided to sit down and give the man another chance.
A word of warning to anyone not familiar with Allen’s work. The average Joe is probably going to find it pretentious. You have to dig a little deeper to find the humour, and even then, sometime you have to be a little bit pretentious yourself to really get the in-jokes.
What sets Blue jasmine apart however is the lead role, played amazingly by Cate Blanchett who shows a whole new level to her acting ability, playing the role of a once mighty trophy wife, whose fall from grace was so sudden, and so fast that we first meet her on the plane as she is flying from New York (where most of Allen’s work tends to be set) to San Francisco, to live with her adopted sister, who she could not stand whilst she was a rich socialite. Oh the hypocrisy. This is the brilliance that kept me watching through to the wonderfully sudden and apt ending.
For the most part Blue Jasmine is a morality tale set in the post boom recession, and Cate’s character, Jasmine through her addiction to vodka and pills, helping to starve off her neurotic behaviour, we get a picture, told by way of flashbacks, of a woman swept off her feet by a dashing man, who turned out to be a rich crook, who stole other peoples money to live the high life. So enamored with her luck and engrossed in the luxuries of life, Jasmine never once wonders how her husband always seem to have the midas touch. That is until it’s took late.
The humour is subtle and black, and the storyline from time to time is convoluted, but it’s the neurotic ramblings of the half crazy Jasmine that keeps you hooked, along with the slow but steady unravelling of her back-story that soon starts t hint at the fact that her version of events might not match the reality of what happened to cause her fall from grace and her loosing her grip on sanity.
Rating: M Offensive language.
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