Tense, dramatic, emotional. Some of the characters come off annoying at first, but they develop and move well throughout the movie, backed with poignant dialogue and beautifully crafted imagery. Recommended? An ideal movie for showcasing the strength and layers that exist beneath every human being.
Regardless of what goes on in his personal life, it is undeniable that Woody Allen can really make a great film. His beautiful direction and well-crafted dialogue make this piece both elegant and frustrating at the same time. In essence, this movie feels like a soap opera at times. But the depth behind each character, even the sleaziest ones, gives this movie and edge.
The other noteworthy aspect of this movie is the acting. Cate Blanchett is completely deserving of the accolades that she received for this movie, portraying the exact emotions that her character would need and finding realism behind her actions and the mistakes that she makes. Her character, Jasmine, is not perfect, but in following her journey and finding out the right things at the right time, it is easy to empathize with her as the film goes on.
Cate Blanchett was just the icing on the cake of a noteworthy ensemble: Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Peter Sarsgaard, just to name a few. Supporting characters in Allen’s movies are never just there. They all have lives and stories and each can be singled out and focussed on in search of a new perspective on the story. It is no wonder why he always seems to have such a strong cast behind him.