420. Blue Jasmine (2013)

8.2 Brilliant
  • Acting 8.5
  • Directing 8.0
  • Story 8.2
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Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins

Director: Woody Allen

Running Time: 98 mins

Blue Jasmine is an American film about a New York woman who comes to San Francisco to live with her sister after she has lost her husband, her money, and most importantly, her social life, and during her stay, she proves to be more of a headache than first thought.

I really enjoyed this film. A fantastically well-written story on the part of Woody Allen, following in great detail a truly fascinating character, brilliantly portrayed by Cate Blanchett.

The main character of Jasmine was a masterpiece in this intriguing story. Seeming like a sophisticated and aristocratic individual, with millions to spare, the fact that you see her thrown in completely out of her comfort zone, and try to cope the best she can while maintaining her incredibly high standards is both fascinating, and quite funny to watch.

As well as the intrigue it gave me throughout, this is one of the few films where you can really hate the main character, and feel no sympathy whatsoever for her, because although she may have been ‘tricked’ into her debt, the fact that she is such a snobbish, pitiless and out-of-touch individual makes you really loathe her as the story goes on.

Cate Blanchett definitely deserves all the praise she’s been given for this performance, as she captures perfectly the tone, sentiment and character of Jasmine, making it a whole lot more convincing and subsequently interesting to watch.

Another benefit of this being a Woody Allen film is that you had a comedic side to it too. Of course, it was a fantastic drama, but I thought that this is definitely one of the funniest films of his, mainly due to the character Jasmine.

Overall, I’ll give this an 8.2, because it was a fascinating, hugely clever, well-written and hilarious film to watch.


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