Film Review: Notes on a Scandal

6 Feb

Plot: When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) joins St. George’s as the new art teacher, Barbara (Judi Dench) senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair and Barbara becomes the keeper of her secret. Notes on a Scandal is a story of loneliness, loyalty, envy and love.

How can I pass up the chance to watch two great actresses together in what seems to be a controversial albeit timely film? After seeing several films with the nominated actors for the Academy this year, I moved on to watch those nominated for the actress roles, having seen Mirren and Streep in last year’s The Queen and The Devil Wears Prada, what’s left is Notes on a Scandal. I couldnt find fault in the performance of either Dench (menacing) or Blanchett (self-destructive), not to mention an equally brilliant Nighy, as this film is first and foremost an actor’s showcase, but I just found the subject of the film a tad disturbing and wasn’t prepared for it.

If you like powerhouse acting, and the Dench-Blanchett combination is the best duo acting I have seen in years, then give this movie a chance.

Notes on a Scandal: ***

2 Responses to “Film Review: Notes on a Scandal”

  1. Peter February 20, 2007 at 8:01 pm #

    This seems to be an actresses movie. But what a pair. And Blanchett can shine a lot when you less expect it (“Veronica Guerin”)

    Good job! 😉

  2. Simone February 25, 2007 at 6:50 pm #

    Dont forget Elizabeth!

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