Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Blue Jasmine

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Blue Jasmine – Opening July 26, 2013

I started watching this trailer knowing nothing about the film other than the names of a few of its stars, and I thought it seemed an awful lot like a Woody Allen story. Like his recent efforts, it’s the same general adventure in a new city, transplanted from New York with its characters feeling out of place and unhappy with their current lives. Of course there’s adultery afoot, and general life crises to be had. Allen is employing a star of his previous film, “To Rome with Love,” and otherwise utilizing a new and shockingly diverse cast. Cate Blanchett is a great choice for the lead, and I love that Sally Hawkins is around as well, playing an American for once and a far less peppy character than she tends to portray. “Boardwalk Empire” villains Bobby Cannavale and Michael Stuhlbarg are always great, as is Peter Sarsgaard, while Louis C.K. and particularly Andrew Dice Clay are interesting choices. The plot doesn’t look all that enticing, but I’d say that even the most mediocre of Woody Allen films is probably worth seeing. San Francisco is an attractive locale, and I think that it may prove a fun, if unfulfilling, fit for Allen. He’s become comfortable with mid-summer releases, and though I hardly believe that this one will be one of his greats, I’m sure it will be good summer entertainment.

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