LONDON: Cate Blanchett has emerged as an early frontrunner for this year’s best actress Oscar, following rave reviews for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
The Woody Allen film recalls Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, with Blanchett playing fallen New York socialite, Jasmine.
Telegraph critic Tim Robey called her “fascinating” turn “a very likely fast-track to Best Actress glory”. “It will need a miraculous performance to defeat her,” added the Mail.
“Cate Blanchett leads an impeccable cast in Allen’s 46th film as director,” said the paper’s film critic, Chris Tookey. “Mesmerising, loathsome but full of pathos, hers is a barnstorming performance, reminiscent of her stage turn as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, but with more than a touch of Lady Macbeth as well.” “Front and centre, and in fact sloshing generously over the film’s edges, is Cate Blanchett’s fascinating lead performance,” said Robey.
“‘You hire her and get out of the way,’ Allen has modestly said of erecting this film around his technically brilliant leading lady, which is a clue to how overwhelmingly vivid her presence is.”
“Woody Allen deserves his five-star review and Cate Blanchett an Oscar for her role as a modern-day Blanche DuBois,” concurred Kate Muir, in the Times.–BBC