BLUE JASMINE (2013, Woody Allen)
Pretty disappointing — every scene hits the same note, so the brief running time feels twice as long; hammering Jasmine’s sad desperation over and over while contrasting it with blue collar plebes. Blanchett is quite good, though she’s essentially reprising her role as Meredith Lowe from THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY — just making her older and more broken down. Same voice, same cadence, same attitudes. Unfortunately Allen can’t find any ways to tell his story visually; the dialogue just spells everything out just as clumsily as in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Hurts that in the past few months I’ve rewatched MANHATTAN and ANNIE HALL. That’s back when he knew how to sing. Now he just talks.