Woody Allen's latest offering brings such stars as Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale together on the big screen.
The story sees Jasmine go from living life as a wealthy socialite in New York, to a down and out nobody in downtown San Francisco.
Allen's movie captures the time from when Jasmine moves in with her sister Ginger, to the time that she moves out. Through multiple flashbacks, the audience pieces together Jasmine's previous life, living in a luxurious mansion with her wealthy businessman husband; Jasmine had everything. After years of living a lie with crooked business deals and endless love affairs, Jasmine decides to end her marriage.
Losing her marriage also meant losing her home, her money and her social status. While staying with her sister, Jasmine continuously relives and reminisces about her time living the high life with much endearment.
Although Cate Blanchett's Jasmine role is no doubt the star of the movie, Ginger's character is the one who learns the most. Be happy with what you have seems to be the motto as Ginger struggles to balance the normality of her everyday life with the extremes and excesses that her sister Jasmine yearns for.
Cate Blanchett's anti-heroine role is gritty and very well acted and she is well supported by the rest of the cast. Allen's humorous capture of a moment in time is worth a watch.