Thursday, October 3, 2013

Must See Movie - Blue Jasmine

"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." ~ Jasmine, Blue Jasmine

Following in the footsteps of Silver Linings Playbook, Woody Allen is the next director to jump on the bandwagon of addressing mental illness through film with Blue Jasmine. Literally a couple of minutes into the film, I felt my eyes become mesmerized - this is a truly beautiful movie. From the gorgeous costumes (featuring recognizably pieces from Chanel & Hermes) to the tour of San Francisco, Allen has once again excelled at taking the viewer on a beautiful journey, but not just for the eyes. 

Blue Jasmine is about a character named Jasmine who has suffered some sort of hardship and is forced to move in with her sister. Coming from New York, Jasmine is classy, sophisticated, graceful and has obviously come from a situation of extreme wealth. Her adopted sister, however is not so charmed... She's a poor grocery store cashier with no sense of style, children and a string of relationships with less than desirable men. Jasmine has in fact lost her fortune and her mind subsequently and as the film's plot progresses, the reasons are all revealed through a series of flashbacks as Jasmine in the present day attempts to rebuild her life, one martini at a time.

This is the type of film that left me thinking about it for days afterward - in my opinion that's the best kind. It's really stayed with me. It might even be Woody Allen's best film yet and if Cate Blanchett doesn't get nominated for an Oscar for her performance, I'll eat my hat. Bobby Cannavale and Andrew Dice Clay also give amazing performances. 

I highly recommend Blue Jasmine - if the story doesn't get you, the Birkin bag and Vivier pumps surely will! 

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