Fans of Cate Blanchett may be the only ones who might want to take in Woody Allen’s newest film Blue Jasmine. Why? Be- cause the movie features a mediocre story told many times before and a gloomy tone that rarely reaches comedy status as the film proclaims.
Blanchett plays Jasmine, a New York socialite born in France who leads an easy life because her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) is a successful businessman. However, it's not long into the film before Jasmine discovers Hal is more involved in monkey business – being unfaithful with almost every woman he comes in contact with – than in his real business.
Finding herself broke and with little job skills, Jasmine decides to ask her estranged sister in San Francisco if she can stay with her for a while. Ginger (Sally Hawkins) doesn't approve of Jasmine's constant drinking and reliance on anti- depressants. She also detests Jasmine's relentless put down of Ginger's new boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale). Jasmine claims he's yet another “loser” like Ginger's ex-husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay).
With the sisters at odds, Jasmine looks for a job and finally accepts one as a dental assistant. The married dentist (Michael Stuhlbarg) begins to come-on to Jasmine. This scene ends up — like many in the film – feeling forced. Jasmine acts as if she's swatting a fly instead of pushing away a man who grabs her and hopes to do more.
As the sisters continue to quarrel, Jasmine thinks she will get her share of money from Hal’s business, but that glimmer of hope explodes when he's sent to jail for Ponzi schemes. (Sound familiar?) Not only does Jasmine lose her own rightful funds, Ginger and her ex lose the investment funds they gave to Hal as well.