I know this is a controversial place to start examining Woody Allen’s work. After all, movies like Manhattan and Annie Hall are revered by movie critics and popped corn stuffers alike. For the record, I thought Manhattan was dull, boring and also moribund.
Truth is, Woody Allen is probably my favorite director of all time, considering his body of work. I’ve seen just about every movie he’s ever made and have enjoyed 95% of them.
Blue Jasmine is a tale regarding a woman who had it all, married to a very successful hedge fund manager, and then lost it all. She then attempts to adjust to her new life, without money, and hilarity ensues. Cate Blanchett won an oscar for leading female in this film; and I cannot remember a more memorable performance from any woman, in any movie, ever.