Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

Justin PerichBlue Jasmine – Woody Allen’s latest re-imagines Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire in modern day San Franscisco beautifully, but without any of the complexity and danger of the original plot and characters, instead choosing to meander generically and repetitively in the well worn territories of infidelity and corporate greed. While the performances are stellar (especially Cate Blanchett as Jasmine/Blanche, Alec Baldwin as Hal/Stanley, and Sally Hawkins as Ginger/Stella), the plot jumps abrasively back and forth between the present and past without a lick of clarity, reason, or effectiveness, and by the end, we’ve found that any interest we ever had in any of the characters was lost in the shuffle. 2/5 stars.