Possibly Allen's best film yet

Possibly Allen's best film yet

In Woody Allen's latest movie, Blue Jasmine, lead character Jasmine's (Cate Blanchett) husband asks her: "Is there anything you want that I couldn't give you?" This seemingly loving question turns out to be the reason Jasmine ends up homeless and mentally unstable.

Living a luxurious life on Fifth Avenue in New York, fully provided by her husband Harold (Alec Baldwin), Jasmine has learned to turn a blind eye to his swindling investment business. But when she discovers his secrets, her life falls apart. Now penniless, Jasmine goes to live with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco.

The movie consists of flashbacks contrasting Jasmine's former rich, worry-free existence and her miserable time with Ginger, who has limited means, a small house and a non-descript boyfriend. But this contrast forces the audience to ponder the value of different lifestyles.

The movie contains many clever, funny lines of the sort you'd expect from Allen. The witty storyline and wonderful cast - Blanchett and Hawkins are particularly brilliant - make it possibly the best of his films.

YP Rating: 4/5

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