New Movie Roundup Aug 9-15 @ 303 Magazine

blue-jasmine

Blue Jasmine

Directed by: Woody Allen

Rating: 3 out of 5

Release date: Aug 9, 2013

Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, a once-wealthy socialite who flees from New York City to San Francisco after her financial-conman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) loses everything. Jasmine starts having near mental breakdowns while she adjusts from her 1% life to the 99% one, complete with talking to herself. Allen uses these episodes as a clever way to segue to a flashback to show you her life as a wealthy socialite. This is a tough movie to watch because Cate’s performance is top-notch but your “enjoyment” of the film will come from your reaction to her neurotic character. The picture above is a perfect representation of her. The rest of the cast is pretty strong with Andrew Dice Clay turning in a fine performance as Augie, the ex-husband to Jasmine’s sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Louis C.K. has a few funny scenes as a lover for Ginger who is trying to break-up with her current boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale) who doesn’t meet Jasmine’s standards. Jasmine struggles to get her life back on track with a new job and some classes about learning to use the computer. All in all an interesting movie, well-acted yet one that was very difficult to watch at times.

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