Over the weekend, Blue Jasmine became the biggest box-office debut of Woody Allen’s career.
The dramedy, which is headed up by Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, beat out the opening figures for Midnight in Paris – easily Allen’s best-performing film. Blue Jasmine tells the story of a well-to-do socialite (Blanchett) losing her riches after her marriage (to an ever swagger-filled Baldwin) falls apart.
Not only is the film raking in cash – albeit for now, from a select-few theaters – critics are eating it up too. Jasmine is sat on a cosy 85% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes.
Allen’s gift of super-lucid writing – that particular true-to-life texture – is said to be in pitch-perfect form. All signs point to Blue Jasmine continuing his mesmerising late-career form that began with Match Point and was so celebrated in Midnight in Paris.
We say all signs point to because the film isn’t yet screening in the UK, and won’t be until September. We’ll have to do with this trailer – and perhaps a few critical re-viewings of Vicky Christina Barcelona – until then.