Review: Blue Jasmine
Blue is GoldOk, I admit it. I'm a sucker for Woody Allen movies. 'Play it Again Sam' and 'Sleeper' still have me laughing out loud. 'Manhattan' and 'Annie Hall' are wonderfully warm and witty RomComs. 'Crimes & Misdemeanors' and 'Zelig' great comedy dramas.
Then there are his not so hot movies. The ones that make you appreciate Jasmine's words in Woody's latest: "Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming." But, for every miss there's more than a few hits, from 'Take the Money and Run' to 'Broadway Danny Rose', 'Radio Days' and 'Deconstructing Harry.' So once a year I slope off to the new Woody movie hoping, fingers crossed, that he's back and every now and then - he is.
It really is a pleasure for a die hard Allen fan to see a really great return to form. The casting of 'Blue Jasmine' is spot on. Alec Baldwin, Peter Sasgaard, Sally Hawkins, comic Andrew Dice Clay - all superb. But it's Cate Blanchett as upper crust Jasmine that steals the show, as a character you'll literally love to hate and maybe end up loving a bit.
Certainly far from the knockabout slapstick genius of old, but with intelligent humour, a crackling script, expert casting and top notch production values, this, after the likes of 'Midnight in Paris', is Woody on a roll.