New review from The Movie Snob.
Blue Jasmine (B+). Cate Blanchett (Hanna) shines in the title role of Woody Allen’s latest film. Jasmine is a New York socialite whose world has been turned upside down. Her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin, The Cooler) was a high-flying finance guy, but it turned out he was a crook and a philanderer, so now Jasmine is broke, husbandless, and heavily dependent on alcohol and prescription meds to stave off a complete breakdown. So she flees to the blue-collar home of her blue-collar sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky) in San Francisco. To say that she clashes with Ginger and Ginger’s mechanic boyfriend Chili (Bobby Cannavale, The Station Agent) would be an understatement. I haven’t seen A Streetcar Named Desire in a long time, but this movie seems very similar to that one. Nevertheless, I thought this was a good movie.