Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen + Blue Jasmine
Thursday, September 29 th, 2016 at 00:09 am Joy Meter
Director (s):
Woody Allen
Starring:
Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, Alec Baldwin
Genre:
Drama
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Blue Jasmine is the latest from Woody Allen. Even though it has Andrew Dice Clay in it, and Bobby Canavale, it is not a comedy by any stretch of the imagination. It focuses on Cate Blanchett, who was born Jeanette but calls herself Jasmine, is married to Alec Baldwin, who is a slick entrepreneur. Jasmine has an adopted sister, Ginger (played by Sally Hawkins), who gets involved with the wrong guy. Andrew Dice Clay is actually fairly good in this as Augie, her first husband. The story is told partially in flashbacks. We see Jasmine babbling to a woman on an airplane, who, as it turns out, has fallen on hard times. This woman has gone to live, somewhat condescendingly, with her sister and her two thuggish-boys and her current thuggish boyfriend. Cate Blanchett is wonderful, but she’s not a very likable character. Sally Hawkins, Ginger, is a much more charming human being. I don’t know what the point of this is. Whether rich people are corrupt, or whether we really don’t know the whole story, or that this is an interesting doodle that Woody Allen decided to put on film. I mean he is a good story-teller, but I don’t know what the point of this is to be quite honest.

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