Blue Jasmine


Last weekend I went to see Woody Allen’s latest movie, Blue Jasmine.  I was struck by the similarities between this movie and my book Team Charlie.  Both stories are about a mentally ill main character who has been thrust into the real world.  While Jasmine’s state of mind is different from Charlie’s, her delusions are no less daunting.  There is an excellent review of Blue Jasmine written in Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman.  In his review, Gleiberman ends his piece by writing that the “greatness of Blanchett’s acting is that she shows you how madness doesn’t just destroy Jasmine but, in some terrible way, fulfills her destiny.”  These same words could have been written about someone portraying Charlie’s life.

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