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Notes. On ‘A Scandal’

Notes. On 'A Scandal'

Finally caught multiple Oscar nominee Notes on a Scandal last night with Jarren. I really dug it. Quiet, tense, smart, and well-constructed. It plays like Hitchcock without seeming obvious (which is saying a lot), especially with Philip Glass’ Oscar-nominated score thumping and booming like something straight out of Bernard Hermann’s songbook. Judi Dench knocks it out of the park, with her villainous portrayal of isolation and deception. Cate Blanchett is terrific, as is Bill Nighy, who is having one of the greatest streaks of any of the old-school Brit actors making a late-career splash in the States (Jim Broadbent, where did you go?). Nighy is the kind of performer on and off screen, who can carry the torch as the O’Toole/Burton/Harris era comes to a close. Notes is recommended, for sure.

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