Verdict: 4 / 5
For some of us, seeing someone constantly mumbling to themselves on the sidewalk is a common sight, we often wonder what their story is, how they got that way and who they are speaking to. Unless you are prepared to listen to the whole story, many times over, it is suggested that you keep your curiosity to yourself.
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who found that her birth name, Jeanette, held no finesse, enjoyed the extravagance and luxury of her life with Hal Francis (Alex Baldwin), a wealthy business tycoon. Despite knowing that he was a corrupt, thieving and adulterous businessman, Jasmine turned a blind eye to his indiscretions but when his lifestyle finally caught up to him Jasmine finds herself impoverished and alone. After losing everything and needing somewhere to stay, she moves in with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco.
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There is no surprise that this has become an award winning film with Cate Blanchett taking the coveted Academy Award for best actress. Blanchett is truly remarkable and encompasses the character fully. Her performance in Blue Jasmine has even been compared to Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. Sally Hawkins is one actress who often slips under the radar but really shines as the awkward sister of this great socialite. There is an honesty within the dialogue, performances and storyline of this film that really speaks to the depth and reality of the characters within it. Each character holds their own, and equally they create a full bodied, original story that sucks you deep into the psyche of Jasmine and the predicament she has found herself in. The style and usage of music also sets this film up to depict the grandeur and elegance of old money and old school New York.
Blue Jasmine is a really incredible story that draws a multitude of reactions from the audience. Perhaps the greatest effect that this film will bring us to is the realization that there is a reason for the ramblings; each person is in a constant search for self-fulfilment and there are always consequences to our decisions. It may very well alter our perceptions of those aimless wonderers babbling on the side of the street.