Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen’s latest is purely a star vehicle for Cate Blanchett, and her performance as a spoiled socialite struggling psychologically with a fall from grace is outstanding.  But as genuine as the depiction of her flawed, almost completely unlikable character may be, there’s no thought-provoking look into the root of it all, no hint of resolution, no exceptional cinematic craftsmanship, and little humor to distract from the sad state of affairs at hand. It’s a plain look at real people struggling with real – if slightly elite – problems, and as such it wins points for authenticity but few for entertainment or artistry.