Cate Blanchett delivers a bravura star turn as the emotionally frayed title character in ‘Blue Jasmine.’
I'm going to be a contrarian: "Blue Jasmine" is pedestrian—Woody promulgating more angst without a compelling story. The cast, acting, and cinematography are brilliant (Cate Blanchette: WOW!), but the morality plot (the crooked rich go down) goes nowhere and is hardly credible, despite being "ripped from the headlines." It's unlikely two adopted sisters would end up at opposite ends of the personality scale. It's not merely about rich vs. poor. Incredibly, they are Park Avenue vs. The Bronx and don't have a thing in common. They were raised in the same milieu by the same parents? C'mon! This movie is a fascinating character study, but I demand more from a move than that. "Midnight In Paris" is superior. This one could have remained unmade.