On July 26, 2013, Woody Allen's newest drama, Blue Jasmine, was released in Los Angeles and New York. Starring Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, The Aviator, I'm Not There), Alec Baldwin, and others in this intriguing and emotional tale of Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis (Blanchett) and her downward spiral into her own thoughts after her husband, Hal (Baldwin), is thrown into jail for fraud and her riches are taken away. Jasmine must build her life back up while living with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Along the way, Jasmine must adapt to the lifestyle of work, school, and staying sane while building up her social life again with a political man named Dwight (Peter Saarsgard). Easier said than done, Jasmine deals with her emotional struggles of her previous life with Hal and the fact that her once luxurious lifestyle is now gone. One way or another, Jasmine must overcome her difficulties of understanding her husband's affair and how oblivious she was to it.
Cate Blanchett leads this excellent cast of actors on an emotional whirlwind of love, hate, and affairs. She strongly creates a mood of panic and uncertainty in an instance and immediately can return to calm and tranquility if needed. Showing a surprising small role in the film, Andrew Dice Clay plays Ginger's ex-husband, Augie, who plays a contractor who, by luck, wins the lottery and $200,000, only to watch it go down the drain after Jasmine's husband manipulated him to invest in his illegal activities. With movies such as, Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Midnight In Paris (2011), Woody Allen has created another excellent mix of dramatic situations along with comedic relief and romance.
Cate Blanchett may be due in for quite a number of nominations for her role in this film as a "believable" neurotic and somewhat clutter minded woman trying to find her feet again. Her roles in such films as Elizabeth, The Aviator, and I'm Not There certainly cast major attention to her as a brilliant and serious performer. Whether the film and her extraordinary role in the film get nominated for Academy Awards, or if Allen's script itself solely gets nominated is for time to tell. However, this film is a testament to both Blanchett's ability and talent as an actor and Woody Allen's skill as a writer and director.