Famed Film Reviewer Barry Rubin Opines On Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ Starring Cate Blanchett, Highlight Hollywood News

“Blue Jasmine” is the latest submission by writer-director Woody Allen. It stars Alec Baldwin,, Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale in this story of a character strangely resembling  Bernie Madoff (Alec B) and his wife (Cate B) as they seek to function after the fall.

Intermixed with this basic plot is the plight of Ginger, the sister of the Mrs. Madoff-like character and her boyfriend (Bobby V) who so much resemble Stella and Stanley Kowalski in “Streetcar Named Desire” than probably even Mr. Allen would care to acknowledge. The characters are flawed and yet we never go further than skin deep in this commentary by the author and the need for tranquilizers and relaxers as our heroine faces life after luxury. The first really non-comedy from Mr. Allen since Interiors in the 80’s, I was disappointed in the product. Although certainly easy to view, the film lacks depth and tells us really nothing about what we are watching. woody-allen
I wonder if the many critics who are falling all over their pens to praise and acknowledge this work would be doing so if the author and director had a different name. I remember years ago that going to an Ingmar Bergman movie automatically meant you either loved it or didn’t understand it.  
It was heresy to criticize it or not give it a rave review. So, at the risk of heresy and incurring the wrath of the Allen fan club members, I give this film 2 and ½ stars because I truly expected so much more but never got it.
 
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Written By: Barry Rubin, Senior Film Reviewer for Highlight Hollywood
Photographs are Courtesy: Woody Allen
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