Friday, January 12, 2007

Sort of like Snakes on a Plane, except with a "scandal" and "notes"

I have only one complaint about Notes on a Scandal, and that is: Philip Glass needs to back the hell off. At least seven different times while watching this movie, I found myself thinking, "Okay, Philip Glass, we freaking hear you already." Despite what he and Fox Searchlight would have you believe, this is not a scenery-chewing thriller; it's something subtler and more satisfying than that. Not that Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett hold back, mind youthey give two terrific performances in a tight, smart movie that made me anxious to read the book. I won't waste your time with more notes on Notes on a Scandal. Just go see it.


ed said...

Hi Mollie! Was it even worse than in THE HOURS?

Mollie said...

Hi Ed! Yes, I think so - but to be fair, I hated everything about The Hours (except Julianne Moore). So the score just contributed to the overall effect. Plus, I felt like he just phoned in his contribution to The Hours ("I will hit this chord and hold it for thirty seconds... and then I will hit this chord..."), but in this case, when a little bit would have gone a long way, he got all Franz Waxman on us, and it was distracting me from a movie I was enjoying. So: shut up, Philip Glass.