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Review of "BLUE JASMINE"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013. First published: 3rd September 2013. Revised: 7th September 2013.
REVIEW: "BLUE JASMINE" by Jayne Waterford

Have I told you how much I dislike Cate Blanchett? In 2010 I was walking along Riley Street and I was feeling awful. Something awful had happened. It was the late morning. My hair was wet, my shoulders were slumped and I must have looked quite distressed. Blanchett was turning her Bentley onto Riley right in front of me. She looked, turned to her small one strapped into the back seat, smug as can be, and laughed.

Towards the end of Woody Allen's "BLUE JASMINE" (2013), she did what she saw that day and it isn't pretty.

Woody Allen's "BLUE JASMINE" (2013) opens with a strip number that suggests Guilda is back stage. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) opens with a statement in Australian. "There's no one like Hal," and then her vocal chords tighten and we are landing in America.

Jasmine is raving, rabbiting on about a husband she adored, someone who betrayed her on every level and then necked himself in prison. The woman keeping her company finally finds her husband and explains, "I thought she said something to me. I said what? But she couldn't stop blabbing about her life."

We don't like Jasmine but here is the genius of

Blanchett's performance. She is so uncomfortable with the people she lands amongst in desperate need. Her adopted sister, the less favourite one, takes her in and fortunately for our entertainment, does not take things personally.

She goes through hell being baked in the opinions of her levelling peers. Everyone honestly and openly expresses their opinion to her about her cheating husband who ripped off many people, including Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Then they discuss her personal business in front of her.

Blanchett's performance in "BLUE JASMINE" defines nuanced. She is nervous when she gets to her sister's front door. She has never been there before. She's never been to that city before. She is truly alone, even if she is wearing a Chanel jacket. She is nervous to her core. God she's good.

"BLUE JASMINE" is funny. There are very loud laughs to be had as she dialogues with Ginger. She explains how cashless she is and lets it slip she expected more from the food in first class. How did you fly first class Jasmine? "I don't know Ginger! I just did!"

Jasmine is rattled by the sound of the children playing and proceeds to turn her sister's life up-side-down. She

tries to be nice but is a shit!

Props go to Sally Hawkins (Ginger) and Bobby Cannavale (Chili). They gave us such intimate, real and present access to Ginger and Chili. In fact, everyone is wonderful. Griff (Michael Stuhlbarg) gets a look in as Jasmine's horrible boss. Our audience's response was visceral.

Alec Baldwin's dazzling smile has been begging to be adused like this his whole career. He plays the con. Hal. The betrayer. The fake whose ill-gotten money poured out of their life the way the water sloughed off the fountain in their front yard.

Blanchett's Jasmine also realises that dreadful confusion when you haven't sat down to do anything methodical for years. In Jasmine's case it's appointment setting that does her in. One dental client confides, "No not the 24th. That my colonoscopy prep day. It's quite special," smiling in anticipation, sending Jasmine to the other end of her work station.

Locations aren't really a star. It's a world lived out in interiors.

Jasmine's experience is tragic, humorous and very, very dramatic. 9/10

I am now beginning to wonder about this week's random visits from the Mental Health Services to discuss my anxiety (which is secondary to my thyrotoxicosis). If I had gone with them as they repeatedly, persistently insisted to the point of extreme rudeness, I would have lost my voice in court.

Considering the cliff-hanger state of Jasmine in the park, talking to herself and looking bedraggled, the strip music at the outset and her references to hookers, it makes me wonder if there is a "BLUE JASMINE PART II" and what might possibly happen to her. I believe she is my character and the things I've described on my own facebook page that happen to people like her are going to happen to Jasmine.

My consolation is Cate looked truly beautiful. But Cate if you are in my facebook account would you please delete yourself?

I should have written my review on the soon to be award winning "THE TURNING" first. It's going to take a few large, hot-chocolates to get back to feeling how marvellous it is. [That's today's job: 7th September 2013.]

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2013.

Woody Allen's
Director Woody Allen
Stars Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K and Andrew Dice Clay
Release Date 12th September 2013
Category Drama
Running Time 98 minutes (1 hour, 38 minutes)
Rating M
Origin Park Avenue, New York
Awards There have to be some.
Distributor Hopscotch Films
Official Blurb "After venturing to Europe for his last three films, Woody Allen is back in the United States with a drama about a Park Avenue high society wife (Blanchett) forced to slum it with her blue-collar sister (Hawkins) in San Francisco, when she loses everything. Her husband, played by Alec Baldwin, gets embroiled in crooked financial dealings, leaving his wife to deal with the economic and emotional aftermath. She struggles to build a new life without her husband’s illegally-obtained wealth. "BLUE JASMINE" is an emotionally powerful drama – smart, tender and funny in equal measure – that harks back to Allen’s films such as "HANNAH AND HER SISTERS" and "HUSBANDS AND WIVES". Cate Blanchett delivers an exceptional performance that will put her in the running for early Oscar buzz." - Hopscotch Films PR
Writer/ director Woody Allen on the set of "BLUE JASMINE"
A Hopscotch Entertainment One film release
In cinemas September 5, 2013.
Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard, left) and New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) in a scene from Woody Allen's "BLUE JASMINE"
A Hopscotch Entertainment One film release
In cinemas September 5, 2013.
New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) in a scene from Woody Allen's "BLUE JASMINE"
A Hopscotch Entertainment One film release
In cinemas September 5, 2013
L-R: New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), Eddie (Max Casella), Chili (Bobby Cannavale) and Jasmine's sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in a scene from Woody Allen's "BLUE JASMINE"
A Hopscotch Entertainment One film release
In cinemas September 5, 2013.