Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine is getting talked about as a likely Oscar contender, most especially for Cate Blanchett’s amazing performance. But if you haven’t seen it yet, hurry, because it is leaving the Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7 soon based on the limited show times.
Blue Jasmine tells the story of a Bernie Maddoff-esque scandal and the fallout. Cate Blanchett gives an outstanding performance as Jasmine French, a New York socialite in denial about her husband’s treachery. Used to being spoiled, Jasmine moves from New York to her sister’s small home in San Francisco after her life falls apart.
Once in San Francisco, Jasmine has trouble adjusting to her new modest lifestyle and her sister’s family. With themes reminiscent of A Streetcar Named Desire, the story is brought into the modern age with the inclusion of a Bernie Maddoff situation, portrayed by Alec Baldwin at his smarmiest.
While Blue Jasmine could have become a dark comedy in the hands of other directors, Allen allows Blanchett just enough crazy pathos to be tragic, rather than comedically so. And the actress plays it to the hilt, with every nervous gesture bringing on visions of Blanche DuBois in only the best possible way. Reviewers loved Blanchett in the film and Allen’s casting her in the role can best be described as brilliant, a term used too often to describe the disturbed director, but the only one that really fits.
Thanks to her performance and his writing, Blue Jasmine is sure to be an Oscar contender, for Best Actress at the very least.
For show times and tickets, check out http://www.laemmle.com/theaters/6.
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