Blue Jasmine (♦♦♦)

Jeanette, or Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) as she makes everyone call her, is a neurotic woman in part due to a high lifestyle that was taken away when her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) was sent to jail for investing people's money illegally. When Jasmine was rich, she avoided her adopted sister, but now that she's broke she moves from New York City to San Francisco to live with her sister and nephews while she gets back on her feet. Soon enough, Jasmine's neurosis, pathological lying and her expectations about her life and that of her sister's become a sore point in the family.

This Woody Allen's film misses the mark in humor and tone. If Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona are among his best movies, Blue Jasmine definitely isn’t. Cate Blanchett is OK as Jasmine, but her neurosis far from being funny is not only annoying but borderline manic. That was probably Allen's intention and in that sense she does not disappoint, but after watching her for a while it becomes quite annoying and repetitive. Also repetitive are the forceful attempts to make the audience laugh as if on cue.

In summary, Blue Jasmine disappointed if not bored me. I thought it was a waste of my money.

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