BLUE JASMINE (2013)

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

  • Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sally Hawkins)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Woody Allen)

Christopher

I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I was going to but most of that is solely based off Cate Blanchett’s performance. She’s always so incredible and I constantly love seeing her, especially since I’m Not There. I can’t say I liked this more than any other Woody Allen film, I have to say I still really like Midnight In Paris, even though I know people really criticize it, it’s still a movie I wish I could walk into. Blue Jasmine is not that; it’s really sad and you feel bad for the protagonist. I’m glad we watched it but I’m not going to search this out in the future but I would watch it again.

Elizabeth (spoilers!)

I feel like we watch a lot of movies where all the female characters are boring or stereotypes or sex objects and that gets really boring. Blue Jasmine has a sort of similar thing going on, except it’s all the male characters who are awful.

A few things really stuck out for me in Blue Jasmine. First of all, the aforementioned terribleness of all the male characters. No matter their age, wealth, or background, all the male characters end up being some combination of untrustworthy, liars, insensitive, brutish assholes. That kind of got old. Second of all, so many of the characters that surround Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) have managed to distill all of their problems into being 100% her fault, which isn’t true and is really frustrating and sad. Third of all, Cate Blanchett was really amazing. Everything pretty much revolves around Jasmine and she carries the movie without a problem and while all the time seeming like she’s on the verge of something terrible. Fourth of all, and probably the most over-arching thing I took away, is just how similar Blue Jasmine is to A Streetcar Named Desire.

Just like in A Streetcar Named Desire, Jasmine goes to stay with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), for an indefinite amount of time after Jasmine’s life falls apart. Just like in A Streetcar Named Desire, Ginger/Stella is dating a brutish, insensitive, total asshole, Chili/Stanley (Bobby Cannavale), who is suspicious of Jasmine/Blanche and doesn’t want her there. Just like in A Streetcar Named Desire, Jasmine falls in love with Dwight/Mitch (Peter Sarsgaard), who seems to be the only person on her side, just to be completely dumped and literally left on the side of the road by him. Just like in A Streetcar Named Desire, Ginger/Stella eventually is more on Chili/Stanley’s side rather than Jasmine/Blanche. Although Ginger and Chili don’t have her taken away like Stella and Stanley did, they do announce that they’re moving in together, making Jasmine announce that she’s immediately moving out, even though she has no money and nowhere to go. The closeness of Blue Jasmine‘s plot to A Streetcar Named Desire definitely takes away from the idea that Woody Allen should win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Blue Jasmine can be kind of difficult to watch sometimes, but that’s almost all because Cate Blanchett gives a really incredible performance that makes it hard to look away.

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