Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

#5 Notes On A Scandal

Posted by Dan on December 7, 2008

Okay, now this is the reason why I wanted to do the 101 Movies list. I was supposed to go to the gym today, but I decided to delay it to watch a movie, so flicked on Notes On A Scandal, and what a great decision it was.

Notes On A Scandal is the story of Barbara, played amazingly by Judi Dench, a lonely elderly teacher, despised by both students and her fellow teachers, who befriends the new art teacher to her school, Sheba Hart, played by Cate Blanchett. Barbara stumbles across Sheba’s dark secret that she’s having an affair with a 15 year old student. Barbara then sees this as a chance to seek benefit from knowledge of the secret, and to bond a close friendship with Sheba.

It also stars Bill Nighy, as Cate’s husband, who’s always a delight to watch on screen and supports Dench and Blanchette beautifully. The acting is fantastic, even from Andrew Simpson, who playes the pubescent paramore, Steven Connolley. It’s one of those movies that makes you feel kinda dirty and guilty after the movie’s over. It’s this type of incredibly immersive cinema that I love, and this doesn’t fail to impress.

This is an amazing movie that I cannot highly recommend enough. All the performances are amazing, probably one of the best I’ve seen from Judi Dench, and Cate Blanchett is fantastic as always. The script is terrific, and with all the other elements put together, makes for amazing filmmaking. If you’re looking for an immersive drama full of believable and intense characters, then look no further.

“Now, more than ever, we are bound by the secrets we share.”

5 gold stars

One Response to “#5 Notes On A Scandal”

  1. Dan said

    I watched this today. You’re right. It’s perfectly constructed, perfectly paced. It’s…well, damn if it isn’t just the perfect movie.

    Not light though. I’d tell everyone I knew to watch it, but I wouldn’t watch it again myself in a hurry!

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