It’s official: Woody Allen is leaving Barcelona, Paris, Rome, and London behind and returning stateside in his new film Blue Jasmine. In the first trailer for the movie, we see Cate Blanchett playing a wealthy New York housewife named Jasmine who moves in with her sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco after her financier husband (Alec Baldwin) is arrested for fraud.
The film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., and Andrew Dice Clay, as the working class friends of Jasmine’s sister, as well as Peter Sarsgaard as Dwight, a diplomat who takes an interest in the troubled, uppity heroine while her life and sanity unravel. Struggling to adjust to her new lifestyle, Jasmine heavily self-medicates and mourns the loss of her perfect, luxury-filled world.
Upon viewing the trailer, many critics are describing the film as a dramatic take on the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff scandal. It’s a melancholy story, with just enough room for hints of comic relief.
Unlike Woody Allen’s previous slew of movies set in picturesque European destinations, Blue Jasmine seems to be less of a travelogue and more of a complex character study. As Cate Blanchett prances around her new blue-collar world in Chanel tweed jackets, it appears that this film will capture the director’s signature balance of entertainment and substance. Also, Louis C.K. in a Woody Allen movie? We’re sold.
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