Friday 21 February 2014

Film Review Blue Jasmine


A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

My Musings

You never know what quality of film you get with Woody Allen, Either I love it or hate it. Loved Vicky Cristina Barcelona but To Rome with Love was so dreadful I never got through the whole film. 

Firstly this is  Cate Blanchett's film and she deserves all the awards she gets. She is brilliant.
A neurotic socialite, Jasmine, who's lost it all and gone back to live with her put upon sister. It a lovely looking film, Cate's wardrobe is gorgeous and the flash backs to her rich lifestyle a treat if you like looking at how the other half lives. This is Woody at his observant best. His sharp script looks at how certain types of people deal with similar situations. How some cope and some don't. Jasmine is not coping at all without her money and status. it is cringing in places and heartbreaking. There is an underlying hopelessness about her which leaves you wanting to shake her. Woody stripes away all her hopefulness bit by bit and each time you hope she learns her lesson and can move on. This film is about how all that glitters is not gold. How selfish people become trying to keep up appearances what ever the cost and how they lose their values.
The end ( i won't spoil it ) at first left me a little deflated but it is so open ended you feel she could pick herself up again. Definitely worth seeing but is filled with angst and emotional trauma so make sure your in the mood!! 

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