Blue Jasmine [2013]

4stars

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Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg

Stunning beauty hadn’t been so repulsive in a while. 

Not since Charlize Theron tore through Mercury, Minnesota in Young Adult (2011), had I felt as guilty for wanting to sucker-punch a woman in the mouth.

Please note that I’ve never punched a woman, real or fictional, in the mouth or any other body part. 

Every comment out of Jasmine French drips with unhealthy self-importance and disdain and her snide remarks will have you awkwardly laughing one minute and desperately cringing the next. 

Cate Blanchett pours herself into the surprisingly unflattering role of Jasmine and is deservedly the one to beat for the ‘Best Actress’ Oscar. While it’s one of the best displays of talent in film this year, it’s also just the latest in a career characterized by splendid performance after splendid performance. 

Jasmine would be nothing without a host of people to terrorize: Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard and Alden Ehrenreich are memorable as part of the supporting cast, while Sally Hawkins is a great match for Blanchett as the sister who lost the genetic lottery. 

As impressive as Cate’s bravura performance is, we wouldn’t have her without the sharp mind of Woody Allen, back in the U.S. and redeeming himself after the disappointment that was To Rome With Love.

You won’t be able to stand the drunken, pill-popping mess that is Jasmine, yet you won’t be able to look away either.  

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