Monday, 11 May 2015
POPCORN REVIEW: BLUE JASMINE
Like a Jasmine tree growing with new life from Wood, Allen goes blue for his latest picture perfect portrait of New York City love and life. This time however between the Big Apple and the Golden Gate of San Francisco-in what looks like both classic cities most beautiful Summer-this whole film almost looks European in the way it's sublimely shot. Now as for how it sounds, its vintage trumpet score makes it practically feel like a film from the late forties or early fifties. Its a hallmark classic featuring a colourful cast of characters from award worthy Sally Hawkins to the hard working, character actor of the moment Bobby Cannavale. Along with the personalities of Louis C.K and Andrew Dice Clay and the legend that is Alec Baldwin. Still the Oscar went to Cate Blanchett and are you surprised? As along with Julianne Moore and Jessica Chastain this amazing, Australian actress edges ever so closer to the Meryl Streep ranks people already have the likes of Jennifer Lawrence lined up for. Here, with an award winning performance the most versatile actress, who has played everything from 'The Lord Of The Rings' to Bob Dylan (yes, Bob Dylan...no one has looked as well as him than her) extends her chameleonic, creative characterization range to the socialite stakes of a divorcée drunk off the pain of pills and needing to feel worth from her private to her public life. What's love got to do with it? Blanchett is intoxicating and inspiring. Unflinchingly brutal and uncompromisingly brilliant, this is comedy and tragedy all rolled into one signature performance that isn't afraid to take the disorder of anxiety to social and personal head on task. Revealing there's more that lies behind the matters of just another mind and movie in the most hurting truth. Classic heartbreak like Joni Mitchell's 'Blue', 'Jasmine' may not be everyone's cup of tea, but its a taste you won't forget in this modern day of coffee drinkers and liquor lunch dates. Here's a toast to all of that. Cheers! TIM DAVID HARVEY.