It is a story riddled with flashback, where Jasmine tries to get a new life without any qualifications and with a past that haunts her. In the present she is living with her sister, trying to study and become a self-sufficient, as previously she was always taken care of by others. In the past, she is a happy woman with a husband, but soon that marriage comes crumbling down on her as it was all built on a lie.
Cate Blanchett is a wonderful actress who deserves all the credit she is given. If anything made this bearable it was her. The fact that I want to go back in time and find this script and f*cking burn it derives from everything else that was in this god forsaken terrible mess. And I am just tired of people making excuses because it is a Woody Allen movie. Guess what, Allen movies have been SH*T since Match Point (2005). All of them are done in random places around the world and he is clearly doing them so he can travel himself... he made the funniest movies that have already made history, and then he showed us that he can do serious and I was mesmerized and then... then... everything since then has been a huge fart. They are. They are all incredibly terrible... You can put his name on anything but that alone will not make it quality for me, and I can tell you that I am the one who is most sorry about all of this. I go every time saying, "Hey, this should be good!" and it never is. Having a bunch of A-list actors in your movie is not a recipe for success, you should know that, because the more actors the worse the movie...
A Streetcar Named Desire but even that was so horribly done that I did not realize it (although I have written two essays and a done a presentation on it). This is a problem with modernizing things, many times it will not work because the historical time of the story is the reason why that story makes sense. This woman needs help and that could have been given to her if anybody cared. Speaking of caring, her sister... There is one beautiful scene where she emphasizes the fact that her sister deserves better, and you know what, her ways might have been rugged, but she did mean well. Her sister keeps making terrible choices and blaming her and that is not fair. Is that the moral then? People will blame you even when you want just good for them? I mean what kind of a lesson would that be? And if it is highlight it in some way... Giving random clips of a woman talking to herself, drinking and taking pills will not help me understand her and or care for her. In the end she is blamed for the suicide of her ex-husband, as he went to jail because she gave him up to the feds. Honestly... if you can't handle being caught don't do something illegal. I am sorry that she blames herself but do not care that he killed himself. That is how little the movie has done to make me care about any of these characters. He died? Tough shit.
I am just done. Don't watch it. You know why I did? Because I thought I should. I thought, hey, so many awards, hey Cate Blanchett and all these actors I love, I'm sure I will enjoy it. I did not. I kept asking myself why am I watching it. If it had not been for me waiting for something good to finally happen to this woman I am certain I would have turned it off after the first 10 minutes. And the ending... Nevermind.
Until the next item on my list, and oh, do enjoy the award season!