Some talents, it seems, never age. This leads me to once again talk about Woody Allen, whom if you know anything about my writing, I am a big fan of. I was introduced at a young age to his wit with the film Radio Days and a deep admiration blossomed from there. It became about more than his humor, but it was the style of writing and directing and not to mention, Woody himself. The leads nicely into his latest film, Blue Jasmine.
Blue Jasmine may be one of Woody’s most accomplished works as far as writing and character development. It is the story of the very self absorbed, wealthy, socialite type named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett). She is recently single, broke and a total wreck. She makes her way to her sisters home in San Francisco to start a new life. Thats where the trouble blossoms more than it already has. Her sister, whom she is not blood related due to the both of the being adopted, and her are very different people. Ginger (Sally Hawkins) is the antithesis of her sister. A blue collar worker who is attracted to a blue collar man. Her First Husband, Augie (Andrew Dice Clay), was a hard working loving man who hits it fairly big in the lotto by winning $200,000 and reluctantly trusts Jasmine’s husband, Hal (Alec Baldwin) to help him invest instead of starting his own company. Hal would later be arrested for crooked business practices and everyone involved goes broke. This leads to Ginger and Augie getting a divorce and Jasmine moving in with Ginger. From moment one, Jasmine criticizes everyone she meets in San Francisco, including her sister and her new boyfriend, Chilli (Bobby Cannavale). While trying to decide what to do with her life, she attempts to become an interior designer while the whole time just wanting to once again be a wealthy wife.
The story is one of Woody’s best developed and most character engaging stories. With stellar performances up and down, with Blanchett and the Dice man standing above them all, the story comes together and clearly points out how everyone has been affected by the scandal. Jasmine, who can’t lay off the Xanax and vodka, appears to be pulling out of her severe slump and depression yet can’t stop thinking and dwelling over every detail of her failed marriage. It’s not just her marriage that she feels has failed, she feels failed in her whole life.
Cate Blanchett completely embodies the character and so wonderfully delivers the nervousness and anxiety that accompanies most Allen films and dialogue.
Blue Jasmine is without a doubt the most serious Oscar contender to be released yet this year. With writing and acting nominations to pop up all over the map. Woody recently won for his writing of Midnight In Paris, which has been compared to some of his finest work ever. There is no doubt in my mind this will list on his top ten all time films, along with the credit of resurrecting Andrew Dice Clay’s career in a new area and shows the man has more talent than just a vile sense of humor.
Missing this film is a gross misjudgment amongst movie fans, whether you are a fan of Woody or not it’s a film that seems timely and true to life.