Review: Blue Jasmine

By on November 13, 2013

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By: Elodie Mertz

I can’t really make up my mind about if I liked Blue Jasmine or not. My opinion tends to vary with my interlocutor’s one. The best I can do, is to acknowledge that the film conveys a lot of deep meanings, but at the same time, it’s missing a spark somewhere to make it special. Regardless, spending some time with Woody Allen, no matter what, is always a good moment.

Since her husband left her and was sent to prison for fraud, Jasmine French’s life is falling apart. Having nothing left except her Louis Vuitton suitcases; she had to sell everything to buy a first class ticket to San Francisco where she’s staying with her sister, Ginger. The latter is taking her in, postponing (against or according to her will..) Chili, her blue collar boyfriend moving in. But Jasmine also brings along her prejudices, her foibles and her nervous breakdown.

Despite the delicate title and the delightfulness that is Allen’s trademark, Blue Jasmine is fierce.  This bittersweet comedy/drama shows human misery – but without the shabby filters that usually goes with it. No need to be wretched to be miserable. There’s obviously Jasmine’s misfortune.  After having been a passive social ladder conqueror, she is forced by circumstances to climb down. Well, actually she’s kind of jumping down. The fact is, without her wealthy husband, her life is pretty empty and drawled in the mayhem of the stress-alcohol-Xanax daily cocktail… she’s looking for a lifeline. Besides her, there’s Ginger’s misery. The black sheep of the family – how she likes to recall it – is contenting herself with disrespectful losers, pretending they’re nicer than the previous ones and that this time she’s in love. At one point, it’s desperation to watch Jasmine and Ginger getting involved in the same situations again and again. The wrongness of the situation also comes from this obsession of constantly throwing their failures at each other. There’s not one character showing some real empathy for another.

Despite on all the harshness, the movie is made pleasant by the bright colours and imagery, the well dosed (black) humour and the jazzy soundtrack.

But like I said, despite all this, there’s something missing in this movie to fully enthuse me.

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