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on 19 February 2017
I found this a very painful but Moorish watch. Woody Allen has an ability to transmute polite societies follies into a visceral comment on its vacuous and superficial existence. He does this best through the vehicle of female muses and none better acted than kate Blanchett. This must be amongst her finest work. Allen pulls no punches at seamlessly using working class memes in exposing the empty life's of the rich and educated classes. In affect there are no differences in needs and wants just the cruel exposure of how both classes abuse their respective peers. Alcohol and pharmaceutical props feature heavily for both classes with mental health thematic in this drama. Woody is a master alchemist in transmitting his real life observations to the big screen. A sad revealing indictment on occidental life and self inflicted tragedy.
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on 5 January 2018
Great film. I love the old Woody Allen films but not so much the later ones but this is really good. Amazing performance by Kate Blanchett. Great to watch a film that is to do with peoples lives and emotions, a film for adults. Can be funny but is ultimately sad, not a heavy film though, a really good watch. Also staring Alec Baldwin.
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on 31 March 2014
The summary on the cover helps to understand what Jasmine is trying to get.
From NY she travels to stay with her common down to earth sister Eve [Sally] in LA
Jasmine [Cate] is sophisticated and well to do and trips along as if there is no tomorrow, but there is.
Eve is more common but in a way much more attractive (to me) by her choices of living.
J tries to marry an upstate millionaire she meets. At the point of buying her a diamond ring an old acquaintance comes along with comments that throw soot into Jasmine's plate. Here she becomes admittedly sad for failure to realise her dream
In the end we see Eve happy with accepting her common boyfriend and Jasmine sobbing on a park bench, alone.
Enchanting by depicted contrasts between girls and lifestyle, superbly played, unbelievably well acted by Cate Blanchet and Sally
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on 29 October 2015
Brilliant tale of a wealthy women's fall from grace, which teaches her lessons on humility. She also has to swallow her pride by moving in with her sister. (which she had previously looked down on). She does try very hard to climb back up the social ladder but her past is never far away.....entertaining to watch, and one does feel empathy for her struggle and the sharp shock of having very little money.
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on 13 February 2016
The DVD cover states that t!his is a 'brilliantly funny' film. In what universe? The woman is falling apart ! Surrounded by appalling and inappropriate men who only want to get into her pants .It',s not a comedy , it's a tragedy. I have given it five stars because I thought Cate Blanchett gave a brilliant performance. Worth watching for that alone.
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on 3 January 2015
Not Woody Allen,s best but certainly very entertaining, Cate Blanchett plays her very depressing part to perfection, but what I found most interesting was the character played by Sally Hawkins who has always been my favourite Anne Elliot in the Jane Austen classic Persuasion. Two first class female leads played to perfection with depressing reality and dedication, you can not say that these two ladies always play themselves, they certainly know how to act their parts.
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on 1 March 2015
Cate Blanchett is brilliant, being directed by Woody Allen in the sort of role he has often played himself. There is not one scene where she disappoints.
Except that she is more than neurotic, more close to being mad. (It brought her an Oscar, too).
Two points about the story - it's told out of sequence but is nevertheless easy to follow, and it's sad, very sad. I mention the latter point because it's not what I was expecting.
And the ending? Absolutely true to the rest of the film. Integrity maintained.
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on 7 May 2018
Gripping many-faceted tale of two sisters that's a masterpiece from Woody Allen. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a socialite now broke and on the verge of a breakdown, and Ginger (the wonderful Sally Hawkins) who's a down-to-earth working class girl with a warm heart and no unreal expectations about her life. Their interaction as the complex story unfolds is really something to see!
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on 8 June 2016
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) lives the NYC high life as the wife of the rich Hal (Alec Baldwin). They have a seemingly perfect life or wealth, social standing and the perfect family. Except it's all a facade. An interesting insight into how some people cope when their life is turned upside down and when you are driven by denial.
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on 2 April 2018
Decent film with ok plot - and a first-class superb performance from Kate Blanchet. Overall the film was not as good as the reviews suggested and a mark deducted because we had to pay nearly £4 on Prime to watch it ?
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