Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is redolent of Streetcar but never feels like a ripoff

Blue Jasmine
4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

Cate Blanchett goes Blanche Dubois in contemporary San Francisco.

In Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Blanchett stars as a fragile, nervy Southern Belle. Her performance seems to have been lifted wholesale from her 2008 appearance in Streetcar – and it’s cracking; an assured Oscar nom.

A riches to rags tale, Woody Allen’s direction is crisp and the script otherwise focuses on endearing character sketches: Sally Hawkins’ cheery Ginger, Bobby Cannavale’s grease-ball Chili, Alec Baldwin as Jasmine’s charming conman ex. A light tragedy run through with comedy – Louis CK appears as the nice guy anti-Chili.

It’s not quite Tennessee Williams (though the jazz certainly makes an appearance), but the inspiration Allen draws from theater shows no sign of drying up.

Author: robertmwallis

Graduate of Royal Holloway and the London Film School. Founder of Of All The Film Sites; formerly Of All The Film Blogs (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.co.uk). Formerly Film & TV Editor of The Metropolist (www.themetropolist.com) and Official Sidekick at A Place to Hang Your Cape (www.ap2hyc.com). Co-host of the Electric Shadows podcast (http://bit.ly/29Pd7RS) and member of the Online Film Critics Society (http://www.ofcs.org).

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