Blue Jasmine

In an attempt to keep consistent with my plan to let you, my readers, know more about my likes and dislikes, I have decided to speak of a movie that sort of changed how I view dramas centering around female characters.

Since childhood, movies have been a staple in my household.  My dad loves them, although he only tends to watch action movies; dramas are more my bailiwick.  Either way, my love for them only exacerbated as I aged.  Films with strong female roles are most probably my favorite because in the movie industry, women are allowed to display a wider range of emotion and, indeed, do so with a grace that is unmatched by their male counterparts.

In 2014, Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her unbelievable and seemingly insurmountable performance in Blue Jasmine.  The movie centers around the titular character, a wealthy New York socialite who moves to California after certain events transpire that ultimately end up in her losing everything. (Don’t worry, not a spoiler, you find this out in the beginning of the movie.)

Blanchett brings a level of acting that transcends that of mainstream Oscar winners and favorites.  Her mastery of portraying the human psyche, which is hugely pervasive throughout the film, allowed her to beat out acting giants such as Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, among others.

The history of the Oscars shows us time and time again that biopics and period dramas are amongst the favorites to win the golden statuette.  It was refreshing when Cate Blanchett was called up to accept her award because of the ingenuity of the script and how she portrayed a character that lived solely in the mind of a genius, albeit controversial, screenwriter and director.  If there is anything to take away from reading this, it is to watch Blue Jasmine: a story filled with a dynamic lead character involved in a plot forcing you to  second guess as to whether she received her just desserts.

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