Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blue Jasmine (2013) (2nd time)

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. [imdb]

Nominated for 3 Oscars:
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (WINNER)
Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins
Best Original Screenplay

Not only is Cate the most stylish, fascinating, classy film star we have right now, she's also delivering an acting performance that really does feel like a masterclass. Woody helps a lot with the writing, which is not original at all, but offers SO MUCH to Cate to play with. When was the last time she got such a juicy role? Maybe I'm Not There, but that was too cold. This performance somehow manages to combine the technical aspect of acting (she owns it!) with the humanity of the character, which I didn't notice at first and is much more obvious with a second viewing.

The film itself is a modern Streetcar Named Desire rip-off (don't call it homage, since it doesn't give any credit to it) with highs and lows. Cate MAKES the film, Sally Hawkins delivers a good performance, and so does Bobby Cannavale. It's a film that works only/mostly as a vehicle for Cate. And nothing wrong with that.

My rating for the film: 7.5/10.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, although I do think that the film works as an ensemble film along with the greatness of Cate's work.