I’m actually undecided on Blue Jasmine and Blanchett’s portrayal therein. It’s either a dazzlingly dramatic, heart-felt and outstanding performance or completely over the top with more ham and cheese than a double-decker ham and cheese sandwich.
Now, Cate Blanchett has a strong track record so we already know she can act but I really couldn’t give a toss about Jasmine. There are glimmers of humanity in her which almost rouse the emotions but then you remember she’s actually a bit of a cow. It’s what I call the Ian Beale effect – he’s usually really mean and awful but occasionally gets his comeuppance, cries and you’re meant to feel sorry for him.
Anyway, Blanchett is good, but so what? She’s a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination and has a good chance of winning, and that’s fair enough. She totally acted her arse off, and I’m sure it was hard work.
I’m sure this is a “good film” but I’ve no real desire to see it again – my sympathy for someone like Jasmine was thin to start with.