Thursday, February 27, 2014
Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen, 2013 (PG-13)
Nominated for the Oscars 2014 in the following categories: Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Writing Original Screenplay
The high life leads to high anxiety for a fashionable New York City homemaker in crisis who finds herself forced to live a more modest lifestyle in San Francisco. Woody Allen directs an ensemble cast that includes Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.
Hum... I would have to say that I wasn't a fan. I was impressed by Cate Blanchett's performance, but on the other hand, felt like there was some many things she was obviously doing wrong that she could have done right to save herself, that it irritated me. And perhaps because the context of the extremely rich people going "poor" isn't really something that I feel for, there was an emotional gap, filled thanks to Sally Hawkins as the normal sister. I don't think I would have carried on watching otherwise. Some funny moment, but really, the high anxiety is so much Woody Allen's signature, I really miss him being the central character of the movie...
with Alec Baldwin (To Rome with Love, The Cooler, It's Complicated), Cate Blanchett (Bandits, Robin Hood, Hanna), Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins (An Education, Never Let Me Go), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education, Knight and Day), Michael Stuhlbarg (Hitchcock, Hugo, Men in Black 3), Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball, Rabbit Hole), Max Casella, Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures)