Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin
Blue Jasmine is a film worthy of the accolade itís receiving in which Woody Allen has created a character audiences will be mesmerized by and remembered with fondness.
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a care free socialite married to a rich businessman (Alec Baldwin) enjoying the best that life can offer. When her marriage fails her life crumbles around her, leaving her broke, homeless and mentally unstable. Jasmine goes to live with her adopted sister in San Francisco hoping to get her life back in order and manages not only to disrupt the lives of those around her, but also manages to accelerate her own mental breakdown.
Cate Blanchett gives the performance of her career in what is doubtlessly Allenís most outstanding film to date. Her characterisation of the pill popping and alcohol ridden Jasmine is nothing short of brilliant, where her emotions change spontaneously. She plays the role of a lady who is heading for a nervous breakdown so artfully that audiences will experience her deterioration at every level. Jasmine is troubled, yet extremely likeable and weíre made to feel we know her intimately.
The storytelling occurs via flashbacks - a style of continually traversing from the present to the past and back - a style that can confuse but is actually quite easy to follow and extremely effective here. The ongoing humour emits radiant smiles and ongoing laughter from the audience. Woody Allen has struck gold. Skilfully directed & written, audiences will demand a sequel as the urge to know what happens to Jasmine is overwhelming. JAKE † †