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Blue Jasmine Review: Overplayed Tragedy

Movie Review: Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett, who played Blanche DuBois in a theater production, revisits the role with Jasmine – a mentally unstable woman who’s too deluded to get her feet back on the ground.

The rest of the cast are good too despite being stereotyped by their socioeconomic status. The film is about class, relationships, and how people will just let you down, but it all goes back to Jasmine.

After the breakdown of her marriage, a New York socialite moves into her sister’s apartment. With no marketable skills and heavy debts, Jasmine tries to get by on her own.

You can trust Woody Allen to provide elegant cinematography to match its character. Cate Blanchett makes the movie watchable. Setting aside Jasmine’s lifestyle, there’s a subtle social commentary about women whose lives are solely defined by their marriage because they weren’t able to establish their own individuality.

But as the film progresses, it becomes clear that Blue Jasmine is an unforgiving cautionary tale.

Blue Jasmine is driven by contempt. There are no sympathetic characters. Any attempt at redemption is temporarily propped up then hacked down. The ending is contrived.

This movie is so deliberately tragic that many critics have pointed out that it’s a personal project by Woody Allen. It’s easy to see that Jasmine is modeled after Mia Farrow, and this movie is Allen’s response to their break-up.

Regardless of whether that’s true or not, it can’t be denied that Blue Jasmine is an overplayed tragedy and Blanchett is a remarkable centerpiece for a film that provides no catharsis.

Blue Jasmine

6.5

Blue Jasmine features an impressive Cate Blanchett stuck in a calculated tragedy. 

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