Sometimes I want to kick myself for waiting so long to watch a film. 'Blue Jasmine' is one of those films.
'Blue Jasmine' is a film directed and written by Woody Allen that was released in 2013. Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and a number of other talented actors and actress. Blanchett plays Jasmine, a New York socialite who is deeply troubled and in denial after her businessman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin), is revealed to be fraudster and has lost a lot of money for many investors. Broke, she flies to San Francisco to live with her sister (Sally Hawkins) to start a new life.
I'm a really big fan of films that are clever and don't need special effects and frills to be interesting and funny. 'Blue Jasmine' is a prime example of a film just about everyday people and their lives. There wasn't any need for frills, twists or a complicated plot as Woody Allen's script and Blanchett's portrayal of Jasmine carries the film with such ease.
Following Jasmine's journey through the film was so fascinating as she slowly starts to turn insane. Creating this new life means she will erase her old one and start anew. Allen subtly places flashbacks of life with her husband when an event in the present brings up the memory. Making Jasmine's story more and more intense and interesting.
Cate Blanchett's Oscar winning performance was nothing less than perfection. She nails the role of an elegant socialite turned nervous break down. Jasmine is a character that is so well layered and written, her dialogue and conversations with herself could have kept me entertained for hours.
Even sub characters such as Ginger (Sally Hawkins), Jasmine's sister, are well developed and interesting. Alongside Blanchett, Hawkins and Cannavale (Chili) are another two outstanding performances.
To my surprise, the film's fast pace kept me engaged and wanting more of Cate Blanchett's performance. Although occasionally the story is dull, Allen's script will demand your attention.