I’ve never been a fan on movies directed by Woody Allen. In 2011 he surprised me positively with the movie Midnight in Paris, which I, surprisingly, enjoyed very much (even though Owen Wilson was acting on it). Today I was also impressed. I went to see Blue Jasmine.
Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine and she does it well. Jasmine has suffered a nervous brakedown and she moves to live with her sister. Life isn’t easy for Jasmine, who used to live with her rich husband (who was a cheater and a liar, and in the end committed suicide in jail) and had everything from jewels to fine parties. Now she has nothing and she tries to move on, thinking that she can leave the past behind. However she talks about her earlier life and her dead husband all the time. She talks to herself, drinks vodka, feels sad and confused. And things don’t get better.
Human being is so fragile and the mind can shake easily. Some people are stronger and manage troubles better. Some people aren’t so strong. That doesn’t make them inferior or weaker, it just makes them more vurnerable. Some people can’t get better. That happened to Jasmine. It was sad and it touched my heart.
Cate Blanchett is so cool and elegant. She has that real Hollywood glamour and I admire her talent. She plays Jasmine with such passion, skill, sincerity, emotion and charisma. As a viewer I was able to feel Jasmine’s pain and anxiety. As I said, I was impressed.