Watching "Blue Jasmine"
Published on August 28, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new Woody Allen movie "Blue Jasmine."

Here's an excerpt:

"The audience at the 'Blue Jasmine' screening that I attended really seemed to enjoy the film, Woody Allen’s latest. Some people broke into applause, and I could hear appreciative laughter.

I found these reactions baffling, because 'Blue Jasmine' triggered almost no emotional response in me. As films go, I thought it was diverting enough, but a failure at some basic level. Which is why I think it’s worth noting how everybody else seemed to feel about the film. If it sounds interesting to you, go see it. When it comes to 'Blue Jasmine,' my opinion is obviously not shared by the majority of moviegoers.

For the most part, I’ve liked Woody Allen’s more recent films; 'Midnight in Paris' was my favorite film of 2011. In general, I think critics have been too hard on Allen’s later films, and I was fully prepared to sing the praises of 'Blue Jasmine.' Trouble is, I just didn’t like it very much.

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