Movie Review - Blue Jasmine (2013)

This is my first Woody Allen movie and I am in love with him. How does Woody Allen write these characters? Is it possible that he met someone like this? Played to perfection by Cate Blanchett, this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.

A woman who lived her life as a trophy wife has lost everything and comes to live with her sister while trying to get her life together. She is cruel to her sister, insulting her at every opportunity, insulting everyone around her and yet she simply does not care about it, lost in her own little world. I did not expect the twist at the end but it did not felt cheap or the feeling of betrayal I sometimes get from movies that go for that kind of thing. The ending was brilliantly built and you think, of course that is what will happen and you can’t have it any other way.

I still can’t get the unsympathetic character out of my head. Cate brilliantly portrays it in such a way that rather than being repulsed by her, we are sympathetic to her and try to understand her. Her sister character was also well done.

Even when she tries to scam her way into a marriage to a wealthy guy, you only feel sorry for the character. I don’t know if its the brilliance of the writing or the acting. Anyway a great watch.