Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins
Directed by: Woody Allen
Written By: Woody Allen
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 38 min
In this movie, lying and being a liar is the same as drinking and being an alcoholic. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) can’t seem to get by without it. Her entire life is based on lies, and when the walls inevitably come crumbling down, the only comfort she can get is through prescription medication, vodka, and more lies. Like other mind altering vices, it’s seductive as we see with her fellow adoptee sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Who only after living with Jasmine a few weeks is seduced by the allure of this fantastical world. Ginger thankfully hits the proverbial rock bottom quickly, and is able to pull her life back into focus. Jasmine however seems to be a lost cause.
Jasmine is a tragic character, superbly played by Cate Blanchett. Despite how badly she behaves and treats people, you can’t help but feel pity for her. This is in part due to typically solid writing by Woody Allen, but mostly because of Cate Blanchett, and the excellent supporting cast.
This is a Woody Allen film thru and thru. Expect solid writing, though nothing that hilarious this time round. If you appreciate great acting, then this is the film for you.
Best viewing format:
This isn’t a big screen movie. You’d enjoy this just as much at home with a regular dvd or streaming show.
Best element for me:
Cate Blanchett. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar for this performance.