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BLUE JASMINE: A REVIEW

When someone like Bernie Madoff is convicted of something that is so undeniably and inexcusably wrong, can anyone really recover from it?

The lies and deceit are so wide and deep that they do indeed become a tangled web that ensnares the lives of anyone who dares come within the vicinity.

This is the major theme of Woody Allen’s best film in years, “Blue Jasmine.

I had to rush back home here after the film and take to my laptop.  I am simply stunned by all of the performances with Oscar worthy Cate Blanchett leading the cast in what can only be called a commanding performance.  She totally nails it like she did in the “Elizabeth” films.

All I will say about the plot is that Blanchett plays a New York society matron who is spiraling downward after her douche of a husband, played with panache by Alec Baldwin, is exposed for personal and professional improprieties to say the least.

Woody Allen has this rare ability to weave a tale that is so simplistic yet complex due to his own fascination with the human condition.  This is what makes “Blue Jasmine” a morality tale for everyone regardless of economic status or cultural background.  I also find it very interesting and intriguing that Allen made Blanchett’s character someone who had aspired to become an anthropologist.  Pay close attention to that.

While watching this film, I asked myself yet again … “Is anything REAL anymore?”  “Has anyone truly earned that house in The Hamptons or that Rolls Royce or those diamonds the honest way and not to the detriment of anyone else?”

I’m actually afraid of the answers to those questions. 

But here’s one final thing.  When we see someone finally “getting theirs” for a lifetime of criminality with a trail of innumerable carcasses behind them, just how satisfying can justice or even revenge be?

The damage has been done.  How can anyone truly recover?



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