Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blue Jasmine (2013)

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.

Beautiful.


15 comments:

  1. I watched this move lat weekend and loved it. Besides Jasmine's superb wardrobe and accessories in the movie, her story was interesting and challenging. I agree that Cate deserves an Oscar for her role. Your review is very good.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! You're right about Jasmine's wardrobe; she looked very sharp and stylish despite being in a state of "general disarray".

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  2. Καλησπέρα και χρόνια πολλά Εύη μου!! Όσες ταινίες έχεις προτείνει ως τώρα δεν με έχουν απογοητεύσει!! Η ιστορία της συγκεκριμένης ιστορίας με προκαλεί να την δω και για άλλους λόγους!! :))

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    1. Να τηδεις και να μου πεις τη γνωμη σου. Ποιες αλλες ειδες; Χαιρομαι οταν προτεινω κατι και αρεσει!:)

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    2. Τα πιο πρόσφατα είναι τα τρία before ( midnight,sunrise,sunset)....Περιμένω τον γιο μου να κατεβάσει και το "blue Jastine". Όταν την δω θα σου πω! :))

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  3. Πόσο την αγαπώ την Cate Blanchett!!! Αφού διάβασα και αυτά που γράφεις εσύ, θα την δω την ταινία οπωσδήποτε!
    Φιλάκιααα <3

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    1. Ναι, να τη δεις! :) Ευχαριστω που περασες!!

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  4. I've never watched a Woody Allen film!
    I did buy the DVD of Vicky Christina Barcelona because I like the cast (Scarlett, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall etc) so maybe it's time I watched it as a Prelude to Blue Jasmine.

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    1. Really? Some of his films are exceptional! Some others are really mediocre. I enjoyed Vicky Cristina Barcelona a lot. I'll be waiting for your expert opinion on the matter.

      p.s: Last night I caught an episode of the series Web Therapy on TV and Meg Ryan was on it. She looked so different...

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  5. Είδα το τρέιλερ και μου φάνηκε ενδιαφέρουσα ταινία. Την έβαλα να κατεβαίνει!

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    1. Καλως ηρθες Μαρια! Σ'ευχαριστω για την επισκεψη και το σχολιο! Ξαναπερνα να μου πεις αν σου αρεσε. :)

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  6. Μού άρεσε τό τρέιλερ,παίζουν καί καλοί καί γνωστοί ηθοποιοί!!
    Θα ψάξω νά τό βρώ!!!!Καλή εβδομάδα!!!!Φιλάκια Εύη μου!!!!

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    1. Ναι και η Μπλανσετ ειναι καταπληκτικη!

      Καλη υπολοιπη βδομαδα και σ'εσας! :)

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  7. I love your review. It's a pretty conflicting story in the way that it makes you feel sorry for Jasmine, who pretty much brought everything on herself. I still loved it, and I found it to be more funny than heartbreaking myself :)

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    1. Thank you for reading! :)
      I enjoyed your review too, despite our difference of opinion!

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