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Blue Jasmine – Movie Review

Actress Cate Blanchett leaving the press conference for "The Good German" 57. Berlinale, Hyatt Hotel at Potsdamer Platz LicenseSome rights reserved by Siebbi

Actress Cate Blanchett leaving the press conference for “The Good German”
57. Berlinale, Hyatt Hotel at Potsdamer Platz
LicenseSome rights reserved by Siebbi

Hi[!] to Blue Jasmine as its enchanting protagonist is forever unprepared to say bye[!] to luxuriating in stately mansions, yachts, and the company of wealthy friends – at somebody’s else’s expense of course, for on her own she has no qualifications except beauty and style!

The story of Blue Jasmine is very ordinary, and pretty straightforward.

Hal [Alec Baldwin] and Jasmine Francis [Cate Blanchett] blissfully live a life of luxury until Hal’s crooked ways get exposed, driving him to suicide in the confines of the prison. Jasmine has no where to go except to a lower class apartment of her San Francisco based sister.

Jasmine must fly first class although calling herself ‘broke’ and must pull a long face at the bourgeois existence of her sister.

Somehow one feels it is good for her that her son has left her in a huff, humiliated by his father’s imprisonment.

She herself is an ornamental piece, no more, unfit to work whether as a receptionist at dentist or anywhere else and suddenly encounters her passport to life of luxury in Dwite Westflake [Peter Sarsgaard], a California Congress aspirant and must try to woo him on an edifice of lies and deceptions.

A toast to a class of woman with her desire for a quick and easy climb up the social ladder and then getting cocooned in the smug artificiality, not only caring two hoots for the source of money, but loving life of glamour, wealth and artificial splendour.

Anyone spotting the inspiration from the movie, A Streetcar Named Desire?!

Woody Allen amuses, but not enough.

Rating: 2.0 stars

By Joseph Rana, Editor-in-Chief, His Master’s Review

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