Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Notes On A Scandal

Wednesday Movie Night this week was Notes On A Scandal. And it was creepy. Actually icky, in a get under your skin and make you squirm kind of way. The acting is brilliant, of course, with a cast like this. Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, and Bill Nighy are all amazing. And with a different score, this would very likely be a boring film. Phillip Glass tends to write really intrusive music for movies. This is no exception. It's too loud, taking over a lot of the scenes. But, somehow, in this movie it needs to be that way. The music is it's own character, and it drives the story along, making us really tense and freaked out in all the right places. I think in a couple of days I'll be able to say I really liked this movie, but right now, I'm still in the creepy crawly place, so I can't say that quite yet.

1 comment:

Nathan said...

That's funny that Phillip Glass did the score. He's a minimalist composer, or at least that's what he's normally classified as. That basically means he comes up with one sound and plays it over and over and over and eventually it morphs into something else. I'd be really interested to hear his film scoring work.