Woody Allen continues to churn out high quality movies even when he is already approaching the age of 80. His latest is Blue Jasmine, a compelling movie that is full of tone and texture. You might notice that it is influenced by A Streetcar Named Desire.
Director Allen is one of Hollywood’s independent filmmaker. Blue Jasmine is his most affect movie since the movies he made in the 1990s. Cate Blanchett plays the titular character. After the death of her husband, Jasmine goes to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins).
Jasmine has no money and is trying to get back on her feet. She hasn’t completed her degree and is thinking of going back to school to become an interior decorator. Her history is told via flashbacks. We learn that she her husband was Hal (Alec Baldwin), an investment banker. They like the high life, complete with a Fifth Avenue apartment, homes in the Hamptons, limos and other things that comes with the lifestyle.
Now Jasmine is having a hard time adjusting with her life. A scandal took away Hal’s finances that left her dirt poor. It is revealed that Jasmine is self-absorbed. She is unwilling to ask questions about Hal’s business or his philandering until it was too obvious.
Ginger and her then-husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay) won the lottery and Hal convinced them to invest in him, instead of using the money for Augie to start his contracting company. Jasmine now must live while trying to forget that her past has caused others pain. She wants to keep memories of glory days even if they were financed by money stolen from others.
Blue Jasmine might be the best movie this summer. It is a drama with a few laughs in between. The balance is just right. Woody Allen sure knows how to make audiences chuckle without destroying the whole ambiance of the movie.