Scandal (1989)


“Come off it, John. We all have something to hide. What a boring life it would be if we didn’t. ” – Stephen Ward

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In the early 1960’s, a young dancer gets involved with a group of powerful politicians and things start to get out of hand when the press finds out that ministers of Parliament are involved.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard about ever since it came out because it was such a controversial subject.

I never had the chance to see it and finally was able to check it out to see what it’s all about.

The way that this film is presented unfortunately comes across as being quite lackluster and they sort of lose the point of the film while focusing too much on the acts themselves instead of the overall story and characters.

None of the characters are developed well enough and in the end, it’s quite hard to care about what will happen to any of them because they are all shown very superficially.

The premise that “sex sells” isn’t a new one and in fact remains true both in the days when this film takes place and even today.

Everyone loves a scandal and this event was very so controversial that it was able to bring down the British Government due to the events portrayed here.

The cast is filled with excellent talent with Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda, John Hurt and Ian McKelllan but none of them are able to raise the level of this story to something more meaningful than they give us here.

Bottom Line – Extremely controversial film that is quite lackluster in its presentation of things. The idea that “sex sells” is both truth for the era when this film takes place and the one that it was made but something seems missing the entire time that would make the story more interesting and give the audience a reason to care. The cast is filled with excellent talent, but none of them manage to raise things to a higher level.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There were strenuous efforts made by many politicians to prevent the film from being made, even though the world-famous events it depicted had taken place more than a quarter of a century earlier. Sir Ian McKellen and Sir John Hurt received numerous letters from famous members of Parliament, asking them to decline their roles. Neither one did. McKellen replied politely to most of these letters; Hurt ignored them, and told journalists that their senders were hypocrites, who were merely anxious to prevent the truth from being told. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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