Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the rights for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine,” meaning that North America will get to see the latest addition to Allen’s remarkable body of work. And by North America, I mean the Upper East Side or any city with a film society.
I kid, I kid. I love Woody Allen, so this is terrific news. As for what the movie is about, it’s hard to say. Allen hasn’t had a consistent style since the late 1970s–the heyday of his so-called “early, funnier” movies–so who knows what to expect. The summary provided by Movieline doesn’t do anyone any favors.
Allen’s latest starring Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg, which centers on the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife…
Is it a somber drama like “Interiors” or frizzy and sentimental like “The Purple Rose of Cairo”? Is it goofy like “Bananas”? The presence of Baldwin and Louis C.K. suggests it’s more of a comedy. But Sarsgaard, Stuhlbarg, and Blanchett are pretty intense actors. I don’t know what Andrew Dice Clay is doing here. I’m assuming Allen lost a Knicks-related bet with Spike Lee. “If the team gets rid of Jeremy Lin, I will cast anyone you want in my next movie.” I can’t imagine Allen, a legendary stand-up comic known for his smarts and timing, having anything in common with that misogynistic meatball.
Until the movie comes out, there are plenty of things to occupy your time–besides decoding the mystery behind “Blue Jasmine.” My recommendation would be to watch Robert B. Weide’s fantastic documentary on Allen, now available on DVD. Or you can read Eric Lax’s biography. Or you can play catch-up on the Allen movies that you missed, though I’d avoid “Anything Else.”