You either love Woody Allen or don’t, I happen to think the man is a genius. There aren’t too many Woody Allen movies that I don’t like, in fact I can’t even think of one.
Blue Jasmine, Allen’s new film, lets us be judge and jury to the fall of socialite Jasmine. Her riches to rags story is reminiscent of Bernie Madoff’s, in fact I felt constantly reminded of Madoff’s family and what they were going through during his fall from paradise to pavement.
Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine, and she is most definitely “blue” as in depressed. Her marriage to Hal has fallen apart, and because of her hell-bent need for revenge, so too has her luxurious life.
Karma features strongly in Blue Jasmine, and karma bites back hard for Jasmine. Blanchett has won a Golden Globe and SAG award for best actress for her role in this movie.
Her sister, Ginger, played by the always fantastic Sally Hawkins, see Happy Go Lucky, though not as financially well-off as Jasmine, is a far happier person. And she certainly deserves happiness. I was shocked at how good Andrew Dice Clay was as Augie. I remember when Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live refused to work with him when he hosted the show. Clay was excellent in this movie.
Should we feel sorry for the woman sitting on a bench and talking gibberish to herself? That’s your decision. I felt sorry for Augie, he’s the one who really got the short end of the stick.