Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett (beautiful, blonde-headed, blue eyed woman) looking into a cloudy distance with sunglasses perched on top her head.Woody Allen’s new movie, Blue Jasmine is being marketed as a dark comedy. While I found the title character, Jasmine French (played by Cate Blanchett) to be dark, I found her descent into madness to be far from humorous. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the film. I did. The supporting cast was wonderful: Alec Baldwin (as Hal, the husband and all-around shady character), Sally Hawkins (as Ginger, the gullible and always loving sister), Peter Sarsgaard (as Dwight, the rich guy with political aspirations), and Andrew Dice Clay (as Augie, Ginger’s larger-than-life fiancé).  If you go expecting scenic San Francisco location shots or storybook endings, you’ll be disappointed. This is Cate Blanchett at her finest. Everything else is just secondary. There is one thing I would like to ask Woody: why do all the minor characters have New Jersey accents?

Find Woody Allen's other films in the library. His most famous film is Annie Hall, which won him a Best Picture Oscar in 1978.