The best thing that could happen to a fashionista is to become broke. Of course, that idea is not the premise of the film but for a pill popping, Vodka chasing, manipulative nervous wreck like Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) you could also be looking good. The film has typical high society yet shows the similarities between the rich and the lower class with Jasmine’s adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins). It is fascinating to watch rich people weave their own webs of deceit and schemes. The film moves well in the midst of flashbacks and the present.
Location is essential for a Woody Allen film and this one is no different. Time was spanning between San Francisco and New York with mentions of Vienna, St. Tropez, Cannes and Monaco.
The cast is quite the ensemble. Bobby Cannavale is excellent as the emotional and sweaty Chili. Andrew Dice Clay is a wonderful support as Augie, Ginger’s ex-husband. Alden Ehrenreich is a strong support as Danny, Jasmine’s step-son. Peter Sarsgaard is great as an ambitious US diplomat, Dwight. Sally Hawkins was the perfect choice since she is a relatively unknown actor. Alec Baldwin is well Alec Baldwin. Cate Blanchett is an acting dream with the physicality of her performance (the nervous breakdowns, the sweating, talking to herself) and the delusion of Jasmine’s life as she works to put herself back on her feet.