Blue Jasmine movie matched with a Hamptons luncheon

Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

Rating 7/10

Plot:
–  We first meet super-fancy-looking Jasmine (Blanchett) when she’s flying from her former home in NYC to her new one in San Francisco. She’s chatting the head off a poor old lady, telling her (and us) all about her life with ridiculously wealthy hubby, Hal (Baldwin).
– She arrives at her fellow adopted sister, Ginger’s (Hawkins) humble flat in San Fran, letting herself in and taking a very judgemental look around the apartment. Ginger soon returns and is pretty surprised when the cash-strapped Jasmine tells her she flew first class.
– There are loads of flashbacks revealing Jasmine’s former fabulously rich life, where it is finally revealed that her financial ‘whizz’, Hal, was in fact a crook, living the high life off other peoples’ money.
– Jasmine settles into Ginger’s home, meeting and disapproving of Ginger’s man of the moment, Chili (Bobby Cannavale).
– Jas remembers when Ginger and then hubby, Augie, visited them in NYC. What a pain it was to entertain them, show them the sights… or not! It was then that Jasmine talked Ginger into investing a large amount of money with Hal. Big mistake! Huge!
– In the present, Jasmine decides to become an interior designer by doing an online course but first she has to do a computer course to understand how to use a computer. She gets a job at the local dentist as a receptionist to pay her way but when the sleazy dentist gets a little too friendly, she gives him the big heave-ho!
– She then attends a fancy-ish party, dragging Ginger along, where they both meet interesting men. Ginger has an affair with a fella and Jasmine convinces herself that she’s fallen in love with the super-rich widower, Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard), who eventually wants to enter politics. So Jasmine doesn’t tell him about her shady past. When he finds out (after meeting Augie), their relationship falls apart.
– A very angry but forgiving Chili finds out about Ginger’s affair but forgives her, taking her back! And that, my friends, is pretty much the gist of the whole thing.

Entree:

Can you imagine the amazing dishes super-rich Jasmine would have eaten at her fancy parties? I salivate just thinking about it. But think no more and cook, I say. We’re starting off our fancy Hamptons luncheon with Turkey Salad with Warm Clementine Dressing recipe from Jamie Oliver.

Review:

Oh, my. I was pretty excited to see this after Cate won the Oscar but, as with most Woody Allen movies I was a tad disappointed. When I watch almost any of his films I find myself constantly teetering on the edge of boredom, only to be dragged back into the story by some intriguing bit of information or for the love of the characters.

I had my moments. I loved Jasmine, then I hated her. I worried about her, then I just didn’t care. I thought she was pretty smart, then I thought she had it all coming to her. Such an emotional rollercoaster. I loved Ginger but love/hated Chili. I have to admit that the performances were pretty amazing. Cate was intense, baby! She’s always been a fabulous actress and she really carried this film. The other performers were pretty amazing as well. It was a well written, character-driven film, realistic to a point but in the end quite unsatisfactory.

It must be the cool thing not to give away too many hints about the future of characters but I don’t care for cool. You invest 2 hours or so in a group of characters, you want to know what happens. So, yeah, this movie was a 7/10 for me. What did you think? Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet…

Main meal:

Now, if you’re sipping on your umpteenth glass of wine by the sea, the perfect and most extravagant meal you could be tucking into has to be seafood. Jasmine would approve and Ginger would have no idea how to shuck a mussel, would she? Here’s a very delish and special recipe of Seafood Risotto from Nine MSN Food.

Blue Jasmine trivia:

  • Budget – $18 million
  • Most of the designer clothes were borrowed. No stains, allowed, people!
  • It’s supposedly based loosely on ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ but some others have said that Allen wrote it about his ex, Mia Farrow, to get back at her after their horrible break up.
  • This is the 3rd Woody Allen film that Alex Baldwin has starred in. Now, who’s the teacher’s pet, aye?
  • Bradley Cooper was set to join the cast but he had to drop out as he had other things going on.
  • Allen wouldn’t let the film play in Indian cinemas because of the anti-tobacco ads that had to run before due to the presence of cigarettes in his movie. Looks like someone sulked, took their ball and ran home!
  • It was nominated for three Oscars including Best Actress (Cate Blanchett – WON), Best Supporting Actress (Sally Hawkins – LOST) and Original Screenplay (Woody Allen – LOST).

Dessert:

Now decadence comes in a load of different forms when your budget is limitless. So let’s make it super-sweet and delish with this popular NYC recipe, Chocolate Caramel Tart from PBS.

Image: PBS

Image: PBS

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