Blue Jasmine (movie review)

The Academy seemed to regard Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine as a performer’s piece not worthy of a Best Picture nomination, despite having an open slot in their new-ish top ten. It’s performances, unique casting and apparently personal story (it bares some similarities to Woody Allen’s life, apparently) wasn’t enough to move the Academy, but if you haven’t seen Blue Jasmine yet, I suggest you take a look.

I mentioned “unique casting;” let’s get that out of the way. Andrew Dice Clay and Louie CK are in this movie – and Woody Allen is not! I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised anytime Woody Allen casts someone I wouldn’t expect – he did cast Jason Biggs (you know, the pie fucker) in Anything Else.

Anyway, yeah – caught me off guard. There’s not a role in this movie that’s a good fit for Allen, but that’s never stopped him before. And then there’s Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins, just tearing up the joint! They both got Oscar nods, but only Blanchett took home the gold for her portrayal of a woman right on the edge of insanity.

But what about the story? I thought it was interesting, original and satisfying, but I guess the Academy didn’t feel the same way. Sure, it was predictable, but what isn’t these days? I will say that it’s a long, heavy 98 minutes, but I think it’s worth it. I mentioned its lack of Best Picture nod because I thought this movie was similar to Dallas Buyer’s Club in that it’s heavier on performance than anything else, but somehow, they deemed DBC worth and this flick unworthy. It’s just how things work at the Academy.

It’s not a perfect movie, but Blue Jasmine is worth a look for the performances alone, even if you’re not a Woody Allen fan. I give it a 8.5 out of 10.

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