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‘Blue Jasmine’ Review

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Before I begin, I would like to offer a rant.

What the fuck is RPX? According to Google (in regards to movie-going) it refers to an acronym: Regal Premium Experience. But really, what does that mean? It sure as hell ain’t IMAX.

As far as I can tell, it means, “bigger, louder, and leather seats!”

In actuality, those leather seats are the reason that the volume is turned up: you can hear every fucking time a person shifts in their seat. How does being able to hear that movement add two dollars to the admission price? Please, for the love of god, explain to me why that is. Please.

You may be asking yourself, “Why, Max, are you bitching about the RPX experience at the beginning of this review?” Well, reader, I’m doing so because I would have not have seen the movie I’m about to review if the movie I had wanted to see had been offered for two dollars less and RPX-less.

But I digress. I watched Blue Jasmine and now I shall review it. Rant over.

When I first saw the trailer for Blue Jasmine, I felt mildly uncomfortable. It looked like pretty typical Woody Allen fare (before he, you know, got terrible) and just about every single character seemed like a terrible person. However the acting looked great.

After seeing the full movie, that opinion has stuck, so if you want to clear out now, feel free to go ahead and do so. For all others, go ahead and watch the aforementioned trailer before I go on:

The film follows a New York high society woman (Cate Blanchett) from a poor background who switched her name from Jeanette to Jasmine in an attempt to sound fancier and, therefore, more deserving of her moneyed status and slow descent into complete madness.

After her husband (Alec Baldwin) is imprisoned for his less than legal financial dealings, Jasmine moves west to San Francisco and stays with her adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) while “trying to get back on her feet.”

What follows is a very roundabout attempt at financing an education for herself and various other roadblocks, including her sister’s bitchy fiance.

If that sounds like a recipe for uncomfortableness, then good – because it is. This is not the type of movie that you sit down and watch on a Friday night when you just want to unwind and relax. There’s some serious shit going down here, and it is not fun to sit through.

The main reason it’s not fun is due to Blanchett’s amazing performance. She completely embodies her character. By the end of the movie, you understand why her character has ended up where she has, and the way she gets there is entirely justified.

The only minor quibble I have with characterization in this movie is that there’s no one to root for. Jasmine is obviously not the one one you should be rooting for, but neither is her sister or any of the other supporting characters. Just about everyone is unlikeable.

So, while this movie is very good (in that “it’s fascinating but horrible to sit through” kind of way) I wouldn’t personally suggest it to anyone. At best, you watch in an objective, science experiment-esque mindset where you observe and appreciate certain things but don’t really feel them.

If that sounds like your type of film, then by all means, see this right now.

three stars

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K.
Director: Woody Allen
Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.
Genre: Drama

What did you think of Blue Jasmine