Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine
finds the almost-80-year-old filmmaker in fine form as a director of actors, but he undermines that skill with a terribly structured and under-thought screenplay.
The writing problems begin almost immediately as Allen opens the movie with Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) word-vomiting her life story to an elderly stranger on a plane. It seems she is no longer with her wealthy New York financier husband and she’s headed to San Francisco to move in with her sister. This device, setting up the main character in a long expository monologue or voice-over, is something Allen has relied on heavily in the past -- it’s how we first meet Michae...