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Blue Jasmine
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Feb 20, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Woody Allen

Actors:
Cate Blanchett
Peter Sarsgaard
Alec Baldwin

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jasmine had everything, and then loses it all overnight. This dramatic change forces her to reach out to the sister sheíd all but abandoned.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Woody Allenís work is hit or miss for me, but I do like him and enjoy his films when they strike a chordóMIDNIGHT IN PARIS was a touch goofy at times, but I enjoyed it. This one, not so much. Thereís a fine line between funny and dramatic and this film doesnít handle the mixing of these components very well. A rags to riches story with an uppity snob of a woman who comes crawling back to the family sheíd been snubbing isnít overly original or compelling. And it sure as hell isnít funny, even though it tries to be.

Cate Blanchett is the one redeeming quality here as sheís always great to watch and takes her roles very seriously. I canít stand her character, but a part of me canít help but feel sorry for her either, despite the fact sheís reaping what she sewed. We get some solid performances from Alec Baldwin (even though heís a slime ball, but then again, when isnít he these days?), Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale, but damned if I understand why they included the Dice man. I remotely enjoyed him in the last season of ENTOURAGE, but itís clear heís out of the game for a reason.

BLUE JASMINE is a rough walk in the park for Woody Allen at this point. The guy knows how to write, work the camera and pull a crew of actors together, but he tends to mess up the tone with questionable moments that completely contradict the rest of the film (that said, I did enjoy the bit with the old lady on the plane). I really wanted to give him a ĎWí on this one, god knows he needs it right now, but Iím just not feeling this one. Now donít get me wrong, thatís simply this humble criticís opinion, one that Allen fans should take with a grain of salt, so if you are such a fan Iíd still recommend checking it out.
THE EXTRAS
Notes from the Red Carpet: Very brief interviews (like a minute and a half a piece) with Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay from the red carpet.

Blue Jasmine Cast Press Conference: A bland sit down, discussion with the cast and crew about the film. Yawn.

Previews: We get some trailers as well as an Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A tricky tone, characters who are all over the place, and a drawn out storyline that feels a little dull. Some may argue that this is what defines a good drama, but youíll always get mixed emotions when you try to cut it with awkward comedy.
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