I went to see it. I enjoyed it, sorta. Lots of good performances. Everyone is talking about Andrew Dice Clay's performance, and with good reason, and Cate Blanchett could easily win an Oscar for hers (actually, so could the Dice Man, and Sally Hawkins is excellent as well). The cinematography was quite fine as well.
The story? Well... think A Streetcar Named Desire
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without the rape. And with two Stanleys. And a Mitch for each female protagonist.
. Allen continually hammers the audience with how shallow Cate's Jasmine is. We get it, already. And everyone talks like Woody-it's unavoidable-and everyone is either rich and clueless or lower middle class and not all that bright.
A good friend, a transplanted San Franciscan, said the filming of Blue Jasmine
was quite the occasion for the natives, and many people made it a point to follow the film crew around and observe. He said (I guess this is third-hand) that Woody looked exhausted, and in many of the shots he looked uninterested and just let the cinematographer do the blocking. Louis C.K. apparently said on Letterman the other night that Allen did not ever speak to him, and that when questioned about motivations by other actors, he simply said: "It's in the script."
He's earned any exhaustion: he's 77 and he's made 48(!) films, and I suppose this is one of his better and more engaging dramas (with comedy here and there), and if you don't mind his bleak world view of no order to the universe, only chaos, and the nature of human behavior is constant sexual betrayal, then this is a pretty good film.