From the classy old-fashioned opening credits to the emotionally powerful ending, it’s easy to detect that the film “Blue Jasmine” is modern cinema in its finest form.
The film, directed by Woody Allen, explores many concepts: wealth, greed, delusion, disconnection, etc.— all mostly coming from Jasmine’s perspective and lifestyle. All of those concepts form a dark cloud, and cause the downward spiral of her life.
The casting selection for this film is excellent and should appeal to the masses. Cate Blanchett (Jasmine), Andrew Dice Clay (Augie), Alec Baldwin (Hal), and Bobby Cannavale (Chile) all give exceptional performances. Louis C.K. (Al) should also stick a grin on your face. The film lacks character development with some of the cast, but in return, offers many at their most vulnerable moments.
The film paints an ugly picture of wealth and the luxurious lifestyle through Jasmine’s character. She’s very shallow, snobby, delusional, and lost in the lies and false realities of her life. Sadly enough her character is extremely unlikable, so most viewers will not have sympathy for her. She’s too terrible of a person to everyone around her other than the rich and her significant other. Both in scenes of the past and present, in good times and bad times, she is a repulsive person by nature.
Jasmine never has a relationship shown in the film that isn’t full of lies, deception or false reality. She’s also never really supported herself, although she gives that a go during some of the film, and is arguably unsuccessful since her alacrity to latch onto another rich man returns.
Her sister Ginger shows exceptional kindness to her, all throughout the film, regardless of her male partners warning her: your sister is bad news (and they’re right). Ginger’s relationships with Chile and Al are an exact contrast of Jasmine’s relationship with Hal and a man who Jasmine almost deceptively ties the knot with.
Jasmine’s relationships are full of riches and grandeur that don’t last, and she can’t handle a life absent of them. Ginger’s relationships, on the other hand, are honest, more realistic, and they are with men who manage their money conservatively and intelligently. Chile is the most morally sound character of them all, regardless of one scene with his minimal temper. He is a very logical, likable, tolerant man. Also, Hal, played by Alec Baldwin, is a smooth sleaze-bag — a man who is perhaps based on Bernie Madoff, and is at least arguably comparable to him.
Woody Allen’s ability to write a great script is still highly evident in this film. The cinematography is excellent. The score is classy, and there is much more one could analyze about this film. When you witness all of Jasmine’s desires slipping away, through one scene after the next, her delusion and misery is summed up, finally, on a park bench.
Fitzgerald would be intrigued.