I have boycotted Woody Allen movies since Crimes and Misdemeanors, which offended me so deeply I walked out of the movie theatre.
I think that might be the only time I’ve ever done that.
And that was before he seduced his adopted daughter and went to court and all the other gross things he did. Not that those things surprised me. The misogyny in his movies is so incredibly overt, there’s not much in the way of oppression of women he could do that would surprise me.
Of course, over the years, my friends, who tend to like indies, as I do, and to like quirk, as I do, keep saying, oh, this movie’s different, blah, blah, blah. I don’t ever really believe I’d like the any movie he’s created, but it has, occasionally, made me doubt.
So, here it is, award season, and I’d heard such great things about Blue Jasmine, and got the DVD for free. I felt enough obligation to watch for the SAG awards, that I gave it a shot. It took about 5 minutes for me to know that I wasn’t going to like the portrayal of Jasmine, and after 10 I shut the thing off. My partner came in, plugged in some headphones, and watched the rest. She told me it didn’t get better, and the portrayal of women was as bad as ever. From what I watched, I also didn’t like Cate Blanchett’s work. What I have to say is much like my last review of Jennifer Lawrence–I saw Oscar and Lucinda, an early movie with Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes. I thought they were both fantastic, and that Cate Blanchett’s commitment and passion were outstanding. But over her career, I’ve found she often gets swallowed by her character work. I would have much preferred Naomi Watts, whose humanity comes through much more.
So, not really a review. Just a renewed commitment to boycott Woody Allen. And, of course, another comment about American Hustle–David O. Russell gives us a female character who is complicated, intelligent and strong. Woody Allen could take a lesson and basically learn that there are women who are complicated, intelligent, strong and possessed of human goodness.
Another BTW–while I might be critical of Cate Blanchett, I saw Ralph Fiennes in Faith Healer on Broadway and he blew the top of my head off. Amazing.