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15 of 16 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Cate is brilliant as always but nothing happens
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...
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Allen and Madame Bovary., 23 Oct 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Mr Allen and Madame Bovary,
For a whole, long life, Woody Allen has had his gaze directed toward the type of woman, who may best be compared to Flaubert's Madame Bovary: A girl/woman who believes herself to be romanticly interesting and artistically gifted. A selfcentered, egotistical person, who casts herself in the role of the femme-fatale, a woman like Blue Jasmine.
But how fatale is she really? What we see in the film is an ex-fatale, who has lost her grip, and her footing. But in some way she is fatal to herself, and to everybody else in her nearest family.
Like In Madame Bovary, a lot of role-playing and mise-en-scene is going on, instigated by Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett plays the role of Blue Jasmine in a way which challenges our compassion and prejudice. We come to like this unlikeable woman. Are we simply victims of her expert charm? After all, she has the black belt in being a trophee wife, and hostess.
Her sister, who takes her into her home and family, seems to become a victim, not just losing her fortune, but suddenly wanting to change her life. In her clumsy attempt to cast herself in a new, different role, comedy enters this tragic film, and makes everything seem lighter, though not optimistic: what we see is, that Blue Jasmine has lived a life with a wrong perception of herself, and the world surrounding her.
It is hard to believe, that she may eventually "rise like a phoenix from the ashes", and if she does, will she have learned from her experience? Or will she go on doing what she does best, and go on being the person her Mother created?
There are a couple of hints to Romanticism, my favorite, literary -ism: her name, for one. The over all theme in the film of growing up/ or not growing up. The lack of knowledge of herself.
There is a lot more to be said about this film, it is well worth seeing more than once.

Bodil Marie - With a bit of Bovary
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cate Blanchett Ain't Just A Pretty Face!, 12 Oct 2014
This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
2011's sparkling fantasy "Midnight In Paris" marked a welcome return to form for Woody Allen, whose career as writer/director had seemed to flatline for a good few years previously."Blue Jasmine" continued the return, and Allen was definitely back with a bang.
"Blue Jasmine" is the story of a supremely self-centred New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) whose pampered world falls apart when her wheeler dealer husband (a superbly shifty turn from Alec Baldwin) is revealed as a crook and swindler. Now penniless, Jasmine has to throw herself on the tender mercies of her long-suffering sister (Sally Hawkins) and try to adjust to the real world, coming to terms with the simple exigencies of life such as coming off the meds and actually working for a living...
"Jasmine" features the trademark smart and sassy Allen script and great ensemble playing, but what really marks this effort out is the barnstorming central performance Allen the director draws out from an Oscar-winning Blanchett. Allen has always had a knack of delivering good roles for women, and he excels himself here. Blanchett in her turn gives us a beautifully nuanced, beautifully rounded character, who is by turn engaging,overbearing, vacuous, selfish, vulnerable and sad. By rights she should be pretty insufferable, but we love her anyway, and we're on her side.
This is a very funny film which somehow also serves as a tragedy of a life going off the rails. Ten out of ten to Cate Blanchett for the aching desperation which she brings to what will likely come to be regarded as a career defining performance.
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2 of 2 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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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S CALLED LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, 23 Jan 2014
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a socialite who has fallen on hard times. She moves to San Francisco to live with her blue collar sister (both were adopted and not blood related). Jasmine is in a constant state of drink, prescription drugs and nervous breakdown. She cannot function in her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) world. Jasmine had the good genes and was mom's favorite, yet for me Ginger was the real hero as I never developed any empathy for our title character.

Allen works the juxtaposition to the max using flashbacks to compare Jasmine's current state to that of her past and also to the life of her sister Ginger. The flashbacks are not all chronological.

I am a fan of the Wood Man, I loved "Midnight in Paris." I kept waiting for the cleverness to hit me. Was it in the lyrics of the song "Blue Moon" which reflected Jasmine's life? Was it the juxtapositions? Was it the similarity to "Streetcar...?" Where do I look at this film and say, "Only Woody Allen could have done this?" It wasn't there.

Cate Blanchett does give a great performance and makes the film worth viewing. I am glad I just rented it. 3 1/2 stars
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24 of 28 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it must be said this film shows off the brilliance of Cate Blanchett's acting while her sister in the film played by Sally Hawki, 6 Oct 2014
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B. D. Compton "Gettysburg" (Johannesburg,South Africa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Jasmine [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This Woody Allen Film received quite a bit of acclaim and quite rightly so in that the story, which has been well
documented by other reviewers, is both topical and as one reviewer said 'A Greek Tragedy'.

I have given it 4 stars only because Alec Baldwin as the 'Con Man' husband is poorly played and the
interaction between him and Cate Blanchett as well as the son is not developed. In fact, it must be said
this film shows off the brilliance of Cate Blanchett's acting while her sister in the film played by Sally
Hawkins is also excellent.

The film is not easygoing but see it for the acting of Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins, you will not be
disappointed.
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