Cate Blanchett is the Goddess of Film- Eric Boshart
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine was excellent, plain and simple. Story was gripping, dialogue was incredibly witty, the shots flowed seamlessly due to sound editing, and the characters were well-articulated. There’s the review for Blue Jasmine. Go see it.
Now I want to talk about Cate Blanchett. No, I NEED to talk about Cate Blacnhett. As the Goddess of Film, she’s influencing every word I write. That’s how powerful she is. And when you watch Blue Jasmine, you’ll see what I’m talking about. But for the meantime, let me plead my case.
I call her the Goddess of Film because she dominates every scene (her golden hair and fair skin don’t hurt either). Even the ones she’s not in. She’s entirely uncontrollable, but in a good way. Every movement she makes or word she speaks fits with the message (I would call it The Message, but that might be sacrilegious), the message that all filmmakers want to get across: created characters can take up just as much reality as real people, and their emotions can infinitely tell us something about ourselves.
Too explorative for a comedy magazine? Maybe so, but this is Woody Allen’s approach to comedy (If you read my bio, I told you he would be mentioned from time to time. I can’t help it; it’s like a speech impediment). Slapstick comedy has its place, but Woody Allen nor the Goddess of Film ever go there. They go to the places that require critical thinking, something some of you may want to leave in the classroom. And I’ll oblige at last.
Whether you think hard about the movie or not, you’ll get a kick out of many themes Woody Allen continually addresses: happenings when different social classes collide, the enchantment or curiosity of the single life to ones in a stale relationship, etc. But when you get down to brass tacks, you’ll be more in awe of Blanchett than anything else. You can laugh at the jokes, but know that the Goddess of Film is watching you. And if she sees that you are distracted from her performance, bad things will happen. Just trust me.
It’s also important to note that Woody Allen usually gives his actors/actresses specific direction between takes. But I doubt he could do anything for Cate Blanchett. If anything, she gave him specific direction on how to direct. That’s a bit more plausible.
This pretty much canonized Cate Blanchett, so it’s worth a look just for that. Also, if you’re one of those that like to watch all movies in the Oscar race, get a head start. And if you care about neither of these things, watch it because Woody Allen made it. And if you still don’t care, watch it because the Goddess of Film will be pleased.
P.S. This sounds like I’m trying to get sponsored by Cate Blanchett, but really I just liked her performance. I promise.