I went to see Blue Jasmine, the latest Woody Allen movie, the other night. One friend fell asleep. The other said “The more time that passes since I saw it the less I like it.”
None of the women in the movie seem to have close female friends. The main character spends all of her energy spending money on luxury brands or trying to find a (second) rich guy to live off. The male characters are pretty shallow and usually sleazy (cheating on wives) as well though at least some of them have buddies. None of the guys would be an argument against Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed pointing out that Americans in general are not exceptionally bright or wise. The research for the movie seems to have been weak. A Sunday afternoon party in San Francisco has everyone wearing jackets and ties (maybe some Bay Area folks who travel in higher social circles can comment on that, but even the wealthier folks out there don’t seem to dress up on weekends during the daytime).
Arguably an interesting part of the movie would be the descent into madness of the main character, the wife of a Wall Street swindler, but we see only before (uber-materialist out shopping) and after (uber-materialist broke and crazy).
Who wants to defend this movie, which has received very favorable reviews, as a work of genius?
[p.s. My favorite Woody Allen movie is the 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors]