Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2013 End Of The Year Awards- Best Performance From A Leading Actress- Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine


**This post contains spoilers**

"Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming."

Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a complex character. She's a pretentious and pompous high society snob with a snooty condescending attitude. At first, it's easy to look at Jasmine, and label her as an unlikeable character. But as the story unfolds, you see this broken and depressed woman, who's trying to find her place in the world again. After her husband Hal's (Alec Baldwin) death, a homeless Jasmine, relying on medication to push through the day, moves in with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins) for help.

Woody Allen created another memorable character, but Cate Blanchett's marvelous performance breathes life into Jasmine. Should I feel sympathy for this lonely and delusional person? After all, we're talking about a woman, who suspected something fishy with Hal and his affairs, but it's heavy implied Jasmine turned a blind a eye, because she had all the money, the big houses, the fancy cars, and the luxurious jewelry. As long as Hal CONSTANTLY spoiled Jasmine, everything was okay.

But what happened when Hal announced his plans to divorce Jasmine? Jasmine completely snapped, and she revealed all of Hal's dirty secrets to the FBI. After Hal's arrest, he committed suicide in prison. On top of that, Jasmine encouraged Ginger and her ex-husband, Augie (Andrew Dice Clay) to trust Hal with their lottery winnings for a crooked investment. Of course, Hal and Ginger lost the lottery money, and Augie with a limited number of options in front of him, had to take a dead end job in Alaska. That's right. The botched lottery experiment was the deal breaker that ended Hal and Ginger's marriage.

That's why Cate Blanchett's extraordinary performance is brilliant. One minute, Blanchett is the overbearing sister, who scolds Ginger for her poor choice in men (Chili), and she could've saved her sister's failed marriage. But you'll see an emotional train wreck, who's desperate for a second chance during Jasmine's low points in the movie. Blanchett's performance sparks a thought-provoking dilemma for Jasmine's future, and I could feel some sympathy for Jasmine, when Danny (Jasmine's step son) turned his back on her during the final moments of the movie.

Cate Blanchett's impressive career is something to admire, and if you take the time to watch Blue Jasmine, you'll see why she earned the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards this year.

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