I will preface this post with the fact that I do not like Woody Allen at all. That being said, based on the accolades that Cate Blanchett has been receiving for her acting in his latest film at the various award shows over the past month, we decided to rent Blue Jasmine and see what the buzz is all about.
Yes, Ms. Blanchett’s acting in Blue Jasmine is excellent, as she portrays an unlikeable and cold socialite who is emotionally and physically disintegrating right before the viewer’s eyes. However, when you combine that factor with a story that is largely unpleasant and which has an unrewarding ending that simply leaves you hanging there without any sense of conclusion, you have the recipe for a real downer of a film.
The only other redeeming qualities, aside from Ms. Blanchett’s acting, that came from Blue Jasmine was the jazz music incorporated into the score and the performance by Andrew Dice Clay. Yes, that Andrew Dice Clay. I was quite impressed by his acting here (never have liked his comedy) and he was one of the few likeable characters in the film. Aside from these couple of aspects, I would say don’t bother seeing (or renting) this film.