Submitted by metal mickey on 17 September 2013 - 4:51pm
The Woodster's 2013 offering sees his recent purple patch continuing with a superficially slight tale of a New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) and wife of a Bernie Madoff-type financial fraudster (Alec Baldwin), forced to move in with her blue collar sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco when her husband is jailed and their assets seized. The wife's travails as she tries to start over are counterpointed by flashbacks showing us her previous all-but-idyllic life, and slow reveals as to what led to her present circumstances. However, what lifts this into the "something special" bracket are the performances - Baldwin is perfect (albeit on autopilot), and Hawkins is excellent too (though why Allen chose a British actress to play the role is, talent aside, a mystery), but Blanchett is simply incredible, a remarkably sustained performance (she's pretty much in every frame of the movie) of A Woman On The Edge Of A Nervous Breakdown that has Oscar written all over it. One for the grown-ups.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Woody's recent movies, but don't be fooled by the very light trailer, this is very much a drama with some funny asides, rather than the other way 'round, but a great antidote to a summer of robots, monsters, superheroes and cartoons.