Take two of the most acclaimed actresses of our generation, Academy Award Winners,Cate Blanchett & Dame Judi Dench, mixed with a spectacular screenplay, writing, directing and supporting cast and you know you have a winner. Notes on a Scandal was a drama that touches all emotions. Judi Dench was flawless and the lonely, vindictive school marm that thinks she has found love, albeit one-sided. Cate Blanchett is an emotional roller coaster ride as the younger woman, and mother that steps into not one but two relationships that ultimately destroys her.
The portrayal of these two women caught up in their own emotional turmoil is powerful and when they come together it’s better than Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. B+