Watching the trailer of this movie some time ago, I had misconceived it as the typical WoodyAllenian comedy that would either be really interesting and funny (like Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)) or really boring and with nothing new to offer (like To Rome with Love (2012)).
Blue Jasmine is a very good movie, but it is not a comedy. Rather, it's the story of a woman who used to be on the top but has hit rock bottom. Her current predicament is juxtaposed with her glorious past through continuous flashbacks. Jasmine's Park Avenue world falls apart after her husband gets arrested for tax evasion. She loses everything and moves in with her not so wealthy sister in San Francisco.
Cate Blanchett's performance deserves an Academy Award. She is breathtaking. You can feel her desperation that is bordering insanity. Jasmine is making legitimate efforts to adjust to her new environment that does not include fundraisers, lavish dinners and weekends in the Hamptons. She tries to put her life back on track but has she really changed? Has she embraced her new position in world? When the opportunity appears, she reaches out with the hope that she will get her old self back. But what will eventually happen? Will the universe allow her to have a second chance?
After almost one hour and a half of watching Blanchett give her heart-breaking performance, the truth is revealed. The ending is so powerful. I still cannot decide on whether I should feel sorry for Jasmine or not. And that's the best thing about this movie; in the end you can empathize with the main character and understand how confused she is, because you can't be a 100% sure of what's right or wrong in this situation. In my opinion, this is Allen's success as a director.