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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More a Tragedy than a Comedy
Although there are some funny scenes in this film by Woody Allen, it is really more a tragedy than a comedy. Over a long career, Allen's work reflects great insights into the psychology
of very conflicted people, especially women, as portrayed by Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, and now in this movie, by Cate Blanchett as Jasmine and Sally Hawkins as Jasmine's sister,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't add up
Vaguely interesting but hardly "Sleeper" or "Annie Hall" and in places it just didn't add up. Jasmine has gone from uber-rich to destitute; well in that case why didn't she sell the Hermes bag or the luggage? She still appeared to have kept an extensive wardrobe despite arriving at her sister's house with 'nothing'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More a Tragedy than a Comedy, 28 July 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine (DVD)
Although there are some funny scenes in this film by Woody Allen, it is really more a tragedy than a comedy. Over a long career, Allen's work reflects great insights into the psychology
of very conflicted people, especially women, as portrayed by Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, and now in this movie, by Cate Blanchett as Jasmine and Sally Hawkins as Jasmine's sister, Ginger.
Both deserve high critical acclaim for their evocative performances. On the surface, Jasmine and Ginger have very different lives. Jasmine got extremely rich in New York, having married a successful businessman who turns out to be a swindler; Ginger got poor in San Francisco, having a knack for picking men who are losers. But as their lives intersect after Jasmine, now destitute following the conviction and suicide in prison of her husband, moves in with Ginger, they are both extraordinarily vulnerable, yet unable to help each other while they try to work out their lonely lives and unsuccessful love affairs. Of the two, Jasmine is the less sympathetic but perhaps more interesting for her continual self-deception even as she deceives others.
Her mental and emotional unravelling is painful to see. Ginger ultimately comes to terms with reality and accepts the limits of her circumstances in life and love. The story is believable, arresting, and disturbing. Just as you expect from Woody Allen at his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructing Reality, 22 Jan 2014
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prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Cate Blanchette deserves the Oscar for this fabulous performance as a woman who had everything and is now on the edge. Jeanette French, or as she is called now, Jasmine, arrives in San Francisco to live with her divorced sister and her two children. Jasmine has bent the ear of her seat mate, an elderly lady, on a plane from New York to San Fran. Non stop talking, the elderly lady can't get away fast enough.

Jasmine has become penniless, even though she flew First Class and has expensive luggage and wears Chanel clothing. Her husband, a Bernie Maddoff take-off played by Alec Baldwin, has died and all their money is gone. Jasmine completely deconstructs,comes apart at the seams. Her medicine she calls Edison, electricity, which means ECT's for Bi-Polar. We have no idea if she is taking any medicine other than Xanax and Vodka, but we bet not.

Sister, Ginger, played by Sally Hawkins, is generous in spirit and tries her best to help Jasmine. Ginger bags groceries, takes care of her two boys, and loves her new boyfriend, played by Bobby Connavale. Each and every performance in this film is top notch, but, no one can compare to Care Blanchette. She takes this role and leaves everyone else in the dust. I was mesmerized by her performance, as is everyone who sees this film.

This film is true life, everyone around Jasmine is reaching out to her, but Jasmine has her sights set on something big, something to help her forget her philandering husband who embarrassed her so. Jasmine has no real skills to get back to, no profession to fall back on, just her sister who is part of the working class, from which Jasmine wants to escape.
A bravura performance that will sweep all the awards. Cate Blanchette makes Jasmine all too real, her world collapsing, and she has no way to stop it.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 01-21-14
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greek tragedy - Grim, but wonderfully constructed and acted, 6 Mar 2014
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Susan Glazier (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This is a grim, but wonderfully acted, story about Jasmine, an unquestioning, super-rich, society wife who by a deliberate act of malice against her unscrupulous, unfaithful, con-man husband, causes her world to completely unravel, leaving her husband dead (from suicide in prison) and her with nothing. The film is about her attempts to put some of the pieces together after having a severe mental breakdown which was treated (we learn) by ECT. She is on the verge of madness throughout the film, covered by a seemingly sophisticated, upmarket veneer which she uses to function. Nevertheless, her attempts at re-educating herself and learning skills for the jobs market are hampered both by her poor mental state and what seems like confusion and memory loss, which could have been left by the ECT. She falls back on trying to find another rich husband to care for and pamper her as she has been used to. All goes horribly wrong. Although Jasmine is not a sympathetic character who seems to have learned nothing from her experiences, I did strangely feel sympathy for her and her predicament. The film is very interesting and thought provoking, wonderfully constructed and acted. The other thought I've recently had is that unfortunately no one was seeing Jasmine's madness (probably because of cultural factors) and taking her in hand either by seriously talking with her, checking on her medication or getting her more mental health support (ideally counselling). The film is a Greek tragedy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown, 28 Sep 2013
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
A more serious film from Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine tells the story of Jasmine, a spoilt New York Socialite forced to move in with her sister in San Francisco after she loses her entire fortune after her husband is arrested for fraud. While not up there with Woody Allen's great films like Annie Hall or Manhatten, Blue Jasmine is one of his better recent films with excellent all round performances especially Cate Blanchett in the lead role and Alec Baldwin as her husband who appears via flashback. While Jasmine is a completely unsympathetic character and a snob at least to me anyway, it's Blanchett's superb performance one of her best in fact, that keeps you watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't add up, 5 Aug 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine (DVD)
Vaguely interesting but hardly "Sleeper" or "Annie Hall" and in places it just didn't add up. Jasmine has gone from uber-rich to destitute; well in that case why didn't she sell the Hermes bag or the luggage? She still appeared to have kept an extensive wardrobe despite arriving at her sister's house with 'nothing'.
Sister Ginger, whose house is certainly downmarket in comparison to what Jasmine had, but still roomy and filled with non-essentials, stacks shelves at the supermarket so is, presumably, on minimum wage and a zero hours contract. She has two kids to support but still manages to accompany Jasmine to swish parties, dine in above-average restaurants and buy champers when the dead-beat boyfriend (who was the best thing in it) returns. And who buys the prodigious amounts of vodka that Jasmine drinks throughout without getting drunk?
These niggling discrepancies masked any desire I might have had to sympathise with the characters or be bothered to care what happened to them by the end - which took a very long time coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cate is brilliant as always but nothing happens, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The most fantastic performance possible in a poor film. The film is believable mainly due to Cate Blanchett's performance but basically nothing happens. It is a fantastic performance in the unravelling of a mind of a thoroughly dislikeable person. She plays a character who is naive but happy to be looked after (in fact needs to be looked after and expects the world to do it for her.)

Apart from the lack of general storyline (and what there is follows a very obvious thread), the real problem is that the character is just so dislikeable. You don't care enough. I don't understand why 'funny' is on the front of the cover; there is no point where I found this slightly amusing, just sad.

Cate deserved an oscar for lifting this dirge out of mire of bad script writing. The only problem is her brilliance shows up the 2 dimensional portrayal of the other characters.

I wouldn't bother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT MORE CAN ONE SAY ?, 5 Jun 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine (DVD)
Woody Allen can be compared to a well know beef extract: You either hate him or you love him ! He's llike a dog's hind leg- he's up and down and with Blue Jasmine he's really up and how! A marvellous set of characters with Cate Blanchette outstanding in the lead. Probably the best Allen of all time
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Cate, 28 April 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine (DVD)
Mesmerizing Cate. That's all I can say. It is one of her best performances. It's a beautifully acted emotional film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Streetcar Named Desire, 14 Sep 2014
Woody Allen draws heavily on the Elia Kazan classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" for its characterisation and situation. While Vivian Leigh's Blanche is a Southern belle (in which she partially reprises her part in "Gone With The Wind") Cate Blanchett's Jasmine is a New York Socialite. Both have fallen on hard times after a life of riches, and both are compelled to go and live in a new city with their sister, who has taken up with a 'common' sort in a rough part of town, arriving with expensive luggage and unrealistic expectations, and all the time self delusional and self medicating with strong drink.
The mismatch of values and outlooks drive both films, and Allen even dabs in a reference to the Jasmine perfume worn by Blanche in the great Tennessee William's play. Of course there is no Brando character or the sultry New Orleans night in Woody Allen's tragi-comic excursion to torment and intoxicate Jasmine. San Francisco has its streetcars too but Jasmine's ride to recovery terminates as her past catches up with her. Blanchett's journey to madness is played precisely for the modern world and Jasmine's efforts to cope, survive and claw her way back to a comfortable existence makes compelling viewing, with great acting support from Britain's Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin and Louis CK.
It is terrific to see Woody Allen soar after a few recent turkeys - but it is Blanchett's film no question. Interestingly Blanchett and recently played Blanche on the stage and having declared her to be her favourite character is it a reasonable assumption that she based much of Jasmine on her. While Blanche was clearly a victim, Jasmine is still a fighter and she leaves the viewer with sympathy for a character that is difficult to like or connect with. Long after the credits have rolled, we are left wondering and worrying about what the world holds next for Blue Jasmine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 8 May 2014
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This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Cate Blanchett and the other actors deserved all the praise she got, a thought provoking in sightful film which i would highly recommend.
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