Review of Woody Allen’s latest movie “Blue Jasmine” Part 4

Review of Woody Allen’s latest movie “Blue Jasmine” Part 4

I have spent alot of time talking about Woody Allen films on this blog and looking at his worldview. He has a hopelessmeaningless, nihilistic worldview that believes we are going to turn to dust and there is no afterlife. Even though he has this view he has taken the opportunity to look at the weaknesses of his own secular view. I salute him for doing that. That is why I have returned to his work over and over and presented my own Christian worldview as an alternative.

My interest in Woody Allen is so great that I have a “Woody Wednesday” on my blog www.thedailyhatch.org every week. Also I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in his film “Midnight in Paris.” (Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway,T.S.Elliot,  Cole Porter,Paul Gauguin,  Luis Bunuel, and Pablo Picasso were just a few of the characters.)

Today we are looking at a review of Woody Allen’s latest movie Blue Jasmine.

Cate Blanchett falls from grace in ‘Blue Jasmine’ – cinema

Published on Jul 24, 2013

The cast of Woody Allen’s latest offering ‘Blue Jasmine’ were out in force for the premiere at the…

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The cast of Woody Allen’s latest offering ‘Blue Jasmine’ were out in force for the premiere at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York. 

‘Blue Jasmine’ stars Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, a woman in crisis who stays with her less affluent sister after her life in New York falls apart.

“It’s a fall from grace story. It’s someone who walks that terrifying borderline between fantasy and reality and ultimately opts for fantasy and that way lies madness. It’s not a morality tale. Hopefully it’s an entertaining, absurd and moving story, but that was what I was trying to inhabit,” says Cate Blanchett.

The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard.

Sarsgaard analysed his character: “I play a person whose very ambitious, who wants to be a politician and I think not very good in seeing what’s right in front of him, ignoring the truth of what what’s right in front of him, but has basically good ideas and good ideals, but if you’re someone who can’t pay attention to what the truth is, you’re essentially also a kind of liar.”

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Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' had a strong box-office debut

Peter Sarsgaard embraces Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” which had a strong debut at the box office this weekend. (Sony Pictures Classics)

‘Blue Jasmine’ has Woody Allen’s biggest box-office debut ever

Can Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” become a bigger hit than his “Midnight in Paris”?

That’s what Sony Pictures Classics is hoping after “Blue Jasmine” scored the biggest box-office debut of the filmmaker’s career this weekend. Playing in six theaters, the movie starring Cate Blanchett grossed $612,767, according to the film’s distributor. That amounts to a per-theater average of $102,128 — not only the highest such figure of the year for a film opening in limited release, but also the highest for any of Allen’s films.

Two years ago, the writer-director’s “Midnight in Paris” launched with a $99,834-per-theater average and went on to gross $56.8 million overall. Not only did the film become Allen’s most commercially successful, but it also earned the 77-year-old an Oscar for his screenplay.

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“We went around to all the theaters in New York, and there were college-aged moviegoers and Woody Allen fans in their 80s — which is what we experienced with ‘Midnight in Paris’ as well,” Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, said of this weekend’s opening.

“Blue Jasmine” stars Blanchett as a once-wealthy woman trying to recover from a nervous breakdown after the dissolution of her marriage to a con man (Alec Baldwin). The film and its ensemble cast — which also includes Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins and Louis C.K. — have received largely positive reviews, and most critics are enamored with Blanchett’s performance.

Barker said he is considering mounting an awards campaign for the film, similar to “Midnight in Paris,” which landed four Academy Award nominations.

“We don’t like to put the cart before the horse,” he said, “but not unlike ‘Midnight in Paris,’ when we first saw the film, we thought this was the kind of film that really has the opportunity to get some recognition. Not only for best actress, but the supporting players, Woody’s screenplay and the direction — even the picture. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Next weekend, “Blue Jasmine” will expand to roughly 60 theaters. It is to be in about 1,000 locations nationwide by Aug. 23.

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Related posts:

I love the movie “Midnight in Paris” by Woody Allen and I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in the film. Take a look below:

“Midnight in Paris” one of Woody Allen’s biggest movie hits in recent years, July 18, 2011 – 6:00 am

(Part 32, Jean-Paul Sartre)July 10, 2011 – 5:53 am

 (Part 29, Pablo Picasso) July 7, 2011 – 4:33 am

(Part 28,Van Gogh) July 6, 2011 – 4:03 am

(Part 27, Man Ray) July 5, 2011 – 4:49 am

(Part 26,James Joyce) July 4, 2011 – 5:55 am

(Part 25, T.S.Elliot) July 3, 2011 – 4:46 am

(Part 24, Djuna Barnes) July 2, 2011 – 7:28 am

(Part 23,Adriana, fictional mistress of Picasso) July 1, 2011 – 12:28 am

(Part 22, Silvia Beach and the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore) June 30, 2011 – 12:58 am

(Part 21,Versailles and the French Revolution) June 29, 2011 – 5:34 am

(Part 16, Josephine Baker) June 24, 2011 – 5:18 am

(Part 15, Luis Bunuel) June 23, 2011 – 5:37 am

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