Blue Jasmine Review by Sara Grab

Blue Jasmine Review by Sara Grab

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine

“Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown; there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand before they take to the street and start screaming.” The film denounces the shallow and egotistical existence, which higher classes live where nothing is more important then what the status symbol can boast. Totally disregarding values such as honesty, family, unity and compassion. Woody Allen gives a comparison of the two different family nuclei. The main character Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) constructed a life full of fake happiness that is held up on gleaming yet fragile pillars. her life is “picture perfect” she spends her time shopping, hosting fancy dinner party’s and residing in lavish home in new yorks finest neighborhood. Her family life has no unity or affectionate warmth. Her life is superficial and a total façade of happiness. When her devilishly handsome husband (Alec Baldwin) is arrested after being caught with major financial fraud Jasmines glorious life crumbled beneath her feet.

Left for the wolves Jasmine seeks shelter from her only family her adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) who resides In San Francisco with her two children. Jasmines lives changes drastically as she attempts to live with her sister and the pain of loosing everything follows her wherever she goes. Jasmine is a total basket case and continuously tries to smooth her emotions with alcohol. Blanchett does a absolutely phenomenal performances. She is up for an Oscar nominee for this role. When watching this film you can feel Jasmines manic emotions making the audience feel uncomfortable and stressed out. After seeing this film I felt as if I had hung out with Jasmine all day I was emotionally wrecked. Woody Allen does a superb job. The Mis-enscene in this film is incredible and the cinematography is on point! The cast does a great job. I recommend to everyone! Great job Woody!


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