WOODY WEDNESDAY Review of Woody Allen’s latest movie “Blue Jasmine” Part 23

 

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.

Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ and ‘2 Guns’ have a lot in common

Published on Aug 1, 2013

Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips reviews Woddy Allen’s latest “Blue Jasmine” and Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in “2 Guns”. (Posted on: August 1, 2013)

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Cate Blanchett golden in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine: review

Actress delivers Oscar-worthy performance as suddenly broke socialite in film that marks director’s return from Europe.

Blue Jasmine

3 stars

Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and Andrew Dice Clay. Directed by Woody Allen. 98 minutes. Opens Aug. 2 at the Varsity. 14A

Writer-director Woody Allen creates a new tragic American heroine for a greedy, post-financial-collapse age with San Francisco-set Blue Jasmine, including a stunning performance from Cate Blanchett that will almost certainly earn awards attention.

There’s still a hint of Allen’s beloved New York in the story of Blanchett’s emotionally wrung-out Manhattan socialite, Jasmine. More social satire than dark comedy, here is a woman who has created such an elaborate fiction to smooth over the cracks in her life — right down to her made-up name — that she even includes a theme song: “Blue Moon.”

She’s an anachronism. Nobody has talked like Jasmine since the haughty screen stars of the ’40s. She frets aloud about where her next Stoli martini is coming from while wrinkling her perfectly sculpted nose at the very thought of living a mundane life.

Dressed in the Chanel she managed to hide from creditors and flying in a style she can’t afford but believes is among her basic human rights, Jasmine is hardly stoic about her social and psychological ruin after her Bernie Madoff-like husband, Hal (a seamlessly smarmy Alec Baldwin), went down for the massive investment fraud that funded their rarefied life.

She didn’t suspect a thing, Jasmine insists as she gobbles another Xanax. She was a victim, too, thanks to her empty-headedness in matters of commerce. How could she have known?

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She’s not the only victim, not that this matters to Jasmine. Take her sister Ginger (Happy-Go-Lucky’s Sally Hawkins), who, along with then husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay, nicely handling a straight dramatic role as an earnest lunch bucket toter), was taken to the cleaners by Hal.

Circumstances mean the disgraced Jasmine has to leave New York for the West Coast, moving in with Ginger and sharing her cramped apartment over a Mexican café. Plucky Ginger works at a local market, raising her two rambunctious sons. She’s forgiven her self-absorbed sister — almost.

Allen, in one of his best films in years (not quite on the level of Midnight in Paris but still pleasing), flips the action between past and present, with flashbacks of a soignée Jasmine being gifted with jewels and hosting A-list dinner parties with her beloved Hal skipping to the now, as Jasmine considers the humiliation of taking a job selling shoes. “One minute you’re hosting women and the next you’re measuring their shoe size!” she wails.

Ginger’s new boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Cannavale), sniffs a phoney when he meets Jasmine but holds his tongue, even though he was the one who was supposed to be moving in with Ginger, not some neurotic nut job from Manhattan. Jasmine has no such reservations, putting Chili in the “loser” column with the long-gone Augie.

Still, Chili is enough of a good guy to help Jasmine land a job as a dental receptionist, an idea which horrifies her. How many reminders must she endure of her fall? She gives in, but more humiliation waits as she has to fend off the clumsy advances of her boss, lonely dentist Dr. Flicker (A Serious Man’s Michael Stuhlbarg).

That side plot pops up as an unnecessary and unwelcome break in the flow of Blue Jasmine, one of a few missteps here from Allen, who can’t resist penning dialogue that sounds like it was cribbed from his analyst’s notes.

Jasmine wants something “substantial” in her life, whether it’s work or love. And there is a chance for that with handsome Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard, again showing his chameleon-like talents), a moneyed, politically ambitious man she meets at a party. He could help make that a reality.

Blue Jasmine marks Allen’s filmmaking return to America. While it isn’t as complete asMidnight in Paris or Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it holds its own thanks to Blanchett’s stunning take on Jasmine, whose incandescent and ongoing meltdowns are mesmerizing to behold.

“There’s only so much a person can stand before they take to the streets and start screaming,” she mutters.

Pass the Stoli.

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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

(Part 1 William Faulkner) June 13, 2011 – 3:19 pm

I love Woody Allen’s latest movie “Midnight in Paris”, June 12, 2011 – 11:52 pm

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