Sunday, April 20, 2014

When Movies Disappoint

It is not usually a "bad" movie that disappoints people.  It is when advertising leads people to believe a film will by one kind of movie when it's actually another.  Many good films suffer at the box office because of this.
I just watched "Blue Jasmine" and found it to be such a movie.  It was billed as a comedy of sorts, but there was really nothing funny about it, despite it being written and directed by Woody Allen.

It is a story about the creation of a homeless woman (although homelessness is never directly mentioned, only hinted at in the final scene).   It follows her journey from high society, through tragedy to despair and eventual mental illness and destitution.   The main roll was expertly played and worthy of the Oscar she received.  The movie did suffer, if just a small amount, because the rest of the cast was played by third rate actors and comedians - yes even Andrew Dice Clay is in this, though for the life of me I don't know why - he was certainly the low point of the movie.  Still the lead was so well played by Cate Blanchette that she more than saved the movie.

Regardless of the attempts as humor, the theme was just too heavy for them to create any comic relief.  If you've ever wondered how a any person, but especially a person of means, can fall into homelessness, then watch this movie.  It will answer many of your questions.

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