Woody Allen and his latest film offering has been released in a trailer. The Blue Jasmine trailer looks like a return to some of his previous works that have always proved popular with film audiences.
The film stars Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, whose husband (Alec Baldwin) was doing great financially until the authorities found out he was a criminal.
Jasmine then moves in with sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco. She announces to sis, “I’m dead broke, really, I mean the government took everything.”
Later in the trailer, Jasmine comes into the room where an argument is taking place and says, “Can you please not argue in here, my Xanax is not working.”
It is a return to his perfectly tuned comedic films like Manhattan Murder Mystery along with Hannah and her Sisters, et al. Blue Jasmine also features the comic Andrew Dice Clay and Peter Sarsgaard as well as Alden Ehrenreich.
According to those, “in the know” the film’s plot revolves around corporate greed. But looking at the trailer, it appears to be a combination of corporate greed and how it affects family life. Allen’s film constantly come back to “larger” families and the intricacies of their interaction as it is influenced by other events.
Blue Jasmine comes after his romantic comedy To Rome with Love.
Sony Pictures Classics have secured the North American distribution rights, Sony also realed the 2012 Allen film To Rome with Love.
Woody Allen has been beset with negative publicity since his affair with his adopted step daughter and subsequent marriage to her.
In a 2005 Vanity Fair interview, Allen stated that, despite the scandal and the damage it caused to his reputation, that partner Farrow’s discovery of Allen’s attraction to Soon-Yi Previn by finding nude photographs of her was, “just one of the fortuitous events, one of the great pieces of luck in my life. . . It was a turning point for the better.” Of his relationship with Farrow, he said, “I’m sure there are things that I might have done differently. . . Probably in retrospect I should have bowed out of that relationship much earlier than I did.”
In June 22, 2011, Reuters quoted Allen as saying, “What was the scandal? I fell in love with this girl, married her. We have been married for almost 15 years now. There was no scandal, but people refer to it all the time as a scandal and I kind of like that in a way because when I go I would like to say I had one real juicy scandal in my life.
Allen married Previn in 1997 and the couple have two adopted daughters. Since that time, the 78 year-old director has shifted his films’ focus to older audiences and delved ever deeper into familial interaction.
Blue Jasmine due to be released in North America on July 26, 2013. Woody Allen’s latest offering, as seen in the trailer, looks to be another hit with his targeted audience. But have a look at the trailer and see what you think. Has he returned to more familiar territory or is just expanding on a new theme. We think that the trailer looks promising.
By Michael Smith