I think Blue Jasmine is my favorite Woody Allen film to date. No, I didn’t like Manhattan. Blue Jasmine is about a woman named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett). Jasmine is a former New York socialite from Park Ave, who is down on her luck due to her husband’s shady business dealings. Think Bernie Madoff. Jasmine decides to move in with her adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco to try to pull her life together. While working as a receptionist in a dentist office and going to school, Jasmine is determined to return to the life that she became accustomed to.
Cate Blanchett is amazing in this role. She plays a woman becoming undone beautifully. Hal, Jasmine’s husband is flawlessly played by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin is such a great actor. When I see he is attached to a film, I always know the film is going to be great. And if the movie isn’t great, I know Baldwin will steal a scene or two. It’s a Baldwin given. Andrew Dice Clay is great as Ginger’s unpolished, brut of a husband who gets sucked into Hal’s business schemes. I hope this opens the door for more roles for Clay. I would like to see more of him on the big screen. My boo, Louis C.K is in this. He sure is. And he is wonderful. Even as a slime ball.
Blue Jasmine is a good solid film all around and I was very pleased with all of the actors performances. Do yourself a favor and go see it.