Cate Blanchett's latest film Blue Jasmine was released today (July 26th 2013) and has already received a flood of positive reviews.
The Aviator star portrayed the cold, haughty and formerly wealthy socialite Jasmine in the new Woody Allen drama which sees her lose everything from her high status to her husband as she is forced to move in with her sister and rebuild her life once more.
So far it has been a hit with critics with Rotten Tomatoes holding it at a more than reasonable 82% as reviews heap praise onto Oscar winning Cate. ''Blue Jasmine' showcases a brilliant, Oscar-worthy performance by Cate Blanchett as sort of a WASP version of Ruth Madoff', said the New York Post, while the Los Angeles Times praise Woody with: 'For all of 'Blue Jasmine's' darkness, the movie is among the filmmaker's most emotionally affecting.
Having said that, it wasn't everyone's cuppa tea, with TV Guide's Movie Guide rating it a meagre 2 out of 4 stars and saying, 'Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine finds the almost-80-year-old filmmaker in fine form as a director of actors, but he undermines that skill with a terribly structured and under-thought screenplay.'
Either way, the cast were clearly thrilled to be involved in such a legendary filmmaker's story, with Cate's co-star Peter Sarsgaard telling The Hollywood Reporter at the LA premiere, "I think the reason he's gotten so many great performances, including Cate's, is because he allows actors to show up and take freedom with their role."
Cate Blanchett at the Blue Jasmine Premiere
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