During the past 5 decades, Woody Allen has directed, written and starred in more than 50 movies, won 4 Academy Awards, 9 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards and dozens of awards both big and small. However, it seems that Woody Allen still has no intention of resting.
His love for cinema remained strong and he never stopped making it. Woody Allen’s performance was amazing. Nearly every year the director with a gentle face hidden under this thick large glass comes out a new work. Of course, not all of his movies are good, even many bad ones, but Woody Allen is one of the few authors that both critics and viewers are eager to pay attention to when introducing a new project.
Each Woody Allen project always makes the audience surprise, surprise about the cast, surprise about the context, surprise about the topic, surprise always about the quality of the content. That is especially evident in recent works, from “Match Point” to “Scoop”, from “Vicky Christina Barcelona” to “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, from “Midnight in Paris” to “To Rome With Love “, and now” Blue Jasmine “.
After disappointing “To Rome With Love” in 2012, Woody Allen returned to the top with “Blue Jasmine”. He continued to explore familiar topics from a long time ago: the problem of marriage – divorce, complex relationships between men and women, mostly in the middle age. As always, Woody Allen approaches and develops the theme of tragedy in the direction of extremely clever satire, combined with deep description of the main character’s psychological developments. Watching Woody’s movie, we feel like he used his own experiences to write the script.
Woody Allen’s flair when talking about women has never faded in works and ‘Blue Jasmine’ continues to be a profound new experience of women in the place where they are fragmented and weakest.
Humorous but bitter, sarcastic, and cynical, Woody Allen takes viewers into the crumbling world of Jasmine (Cate Blanchett). Living in silk velvet, only in contact with the upper class, always wearing expensive designer clothes, Jasmine does not seem to know the misery and care for her own life. She blindly believes in her husband, enjoys living with all the frivolity that riches bring.
She is still walking in the familiar “vicious circle” that Woody Allen has built up a long time ago. Still marriage, divorce, male and female relations. After suffering a great shock in her family, Jasmine left flashy New York on the East Coast to the West Coast city of San Francisco to rebuild her life. She stayed in her sister’s house, trying to find a job in hopes of forgetting the past. However, the incident leading to the decision to divorce her ex-husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) almost knocked her out. A prosperous past, almost nothing to worry about, is in stark contrast to the current grim truth.
Woody Allen has a very unique character introduction. The first two minutes saw Jasmine mumbling as if talking to herself and talking to the woman next to her. That should be enough to see how devastated Jasmine is. The film does not take the usual chronology, but is shuffled between reality and Jasmine’s memories. Events in the present and the past appear suddenly, sometimes the audience takes some time to re-frame what’s going on.
Woody Allen is one of the few directors that any actor wants to work with. His list of famous stars who have made a movie is countless. The old generation includes Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Goldie Hawn to the next generation like Julia Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, or most recently Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz. In particular, the female lead is always the focus of discussion in Woody Allen’s films. They are very beautiful, with style, mentality or fate that leave a deep impression on the mind of the audience.
Jasmine can be compared with character Blanche Dubois (Vivien Leight) in the classic 1951 “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1951. Both have similar fates, mentally unstable, fragile, very vulnerable. collapse. They had to grapple with financial problems, relying their whole lives on men. In Jasmine gradually formed arrogance, snobbery, willing to lie to continue to keep the prosperous life before. Cate Blanchett’s superb acting earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama genre.
The sub-character line built around Jasmine also has a personality and fate. It is her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), the jealous lover Augie and of course indispensable to the lying husband Hal.
After the main content, actors, and music, the setting is one of the other highlights in Woody Allen’s film. With “Blue Jasmine”, he had a sudden change that made the audience quite surprised. After moving across Europe, from London to Oviedo, Barcelona, from Paris to Rome, many would think that Woody Allen would return to the familiar New York but he chose San Francisco.
Along with Los Angeles, San Francisco are two special cities on the west coast of the United States. When referring to San Francisco, we often think of the famous Golden Gate Bridge in the mist or the characteristic winding streets up and down that few people know that since the gold rush in the state of California, the city This suddenly turns into a place for people, both men and women, to seek luck, seek adventure, challenge with the hope of changing destiny, renewing life. There have been people who have succeeded, but also many have failed. The Golden Gate Bridge unintentionally ended up being the end of the lives of the most lives in the world since its inauguration in 1937.
Jasmine’s journey to San Francisco is like that, like a sad waltz, like her gaze at the end of the movie.
Cate Blanchett with her excellence obviously deserves a fifth Oscar nomination as well as Woody Allen after the failure of the 2012 film To Rome with Love returned worthy of the stature of a great director and was received an honorary award at the Golden Globe that took place in January.
After more than three decades of filmmaking, with the sense of humor, simplicity and meaning in most of his films, Woody Allen still maintains a steady performance, constantly producing new cinematic products with refinement. In the stage of selecting actors and scripts rich in humanity with a profound understanding of women and society.