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Blue Jasmine

In One Word



Comedy / Drama / Romance

Released By / Year

Perdido Productions / 2013


Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine's narcissistic hangups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone's lives, especially her own.
(The above plot description was taken from Movie Collector -

Quick Review

I watched this the day after watching John Wick (a steely action movie starring Keanu Reeves), and I was struck by the clear difference between how movies portray characters, their emotions and how a movie presents itself and lets the viewer invest in those characters.

Whereas John Wick paints a cold, cartoony sketch of seemingly emotionless characters, Blue Jasmine portrays its characters with a sincerely real life quality and no matter how far out the characters' actions are, they are understood because the actors have successfully created rounded people with emotions that feel real.

That is also the best thing about Blue Jasmine, its interesting and fleshed out characters which bring depth to the story. A great part of this comes down to excellent performances (Cate Blanchett is particularly impressive), a solid script and a director who understands the characters.

Online: Tuesday, March 29, 2016