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The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.
An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.
Murder, magic, and mirth combine in Woody Allen's "Scoop," a handsome and comedic mystery with an outstanding group of actors. Casting himself in a supporting role, writer/director/star Allen keeps the energy at a slow boil and the focus on his leads, Scarlett Johansson and High Jackman.
The plot mixes supernatural, journalistic, prestidigitatious, and romantic elements. While at a magic show, an American journalism student is contacted by a ghost with a clue in a murder investigation. Joining with the magician, the student works to track down the murderer and avoid falling for a dashing aristocrat. It is all standard Allen futziness awash in upper-crust English trappings.
The film moves at an admittedly meandering pace, though its cast and that cast's…
‘I was in the lounge when I heard you drowning. I finished my tea and scones and rushed in immediately.’
It is not very often that you see a comedy based around a serial killer hunt, but I guess if anyone can pull it off it would be Woody. Scoop opens with a funeral for recently deceased journalist, Joe Strombel (played excellently by Ian McShane). From there we are taken to Joe crossing the River Styx with Charon and a boat full of dead people; which is when Joe learns who the Tarot Card Killer is. All of this may sound dark, but jokes are thrown in regularly throughout, and the film wastes no time in setting up the plot.…
" I don't need to work out. My anxiety acts as aerobics. "
- Sidney Waterman(Woody Allen).
There is a certain quality to all of Allen's films. It is a warm comfort and feel good factor which they emanate. Be it a film which deals with unfaithfulness and murder as in Match Point or a reporter hot on the heels of a Killer, the feel good factor and the unique woody Allen touch remains intact. The ideas which he brings on to the screenplay, the characterization, the dialogues and his brand of, so effortlessly ingraining humour in each and every sentence, present the viewer with such a magical charm. And I am enchanted.
I just love the guy. He does…
Let me just say, I'm not the biggest Woody Allen fan. I don't like him as a director or an actor near as much as most people. When I watch one of his films, the highest I predict I'll rate it is 3.5 stars. More often than not they fall in the 3 star range. I generally either find his work somewhat clever and witty or extremely annoying. Scoop, which Allen wrote, directed, and plays a role in, is probably my new least favorite Woody Allen film. He makes one of the worst mistakes I think any filmmaker can make. He tries to pass this film, which isn't even remotely funny off as a comedy. Sure it's also billed as…
"I was in the lounge, I heard you drowning, I finished my tea and scones and came immediately!"
I've been dedicating myself lately into seeing the few films of Woody Allen i have still not seen. I'm a huge fan of the man, probably ranks as my favorite director and actor, a true inspiration and idol of mine, i love him. I have seen most of his earlier work and most of the films i haven't dig into, are his most recent work, mainly of the last fifteen years. I haven't seen those because i have been afraid of diving into a disappointment since these films are critically mixed at best. So i went in without much expectations,…
Scoop may be the least Allenesque film made by Woody Allen himself that I've seen yet. Apart from dialogue provided by Allen's character it was a pretty straightforward mystery/crime film, albeit a pretty simple minded one. His lines though added another layer of humor that brought the film above merely a middling mystery/crime film. I'm talking about lines like "I was born into the Hebrew persuasion, but when I got older I converted to narcissism" and "I bought my first Reubens with my poker winnings". They might not be the most hilarious things he's ever said but they certainly liven up Scoop.
I think it's also worth mentioning Allen's obsession with Death…
A perfectly pleasant, if ultimately insubstantial, film that was light and funny; a breezy 90 or so minutes.
Scoop seems to be a bit reviled—I've often seen considered to be the worst of Woody Allen’s late-career offerings, which themselves are considered to be the worst of his career—but I found it quite appealing, even if it is not without its flaws. Yes, the story structure gets a little wonky around the final half-hour, turning somewhat abruptly in a less appealing direction. However, even this part of the film is well-handled, and the overall plot, a journalist investigates and becomes romantically involved with a man who may or may not be a murderer, is well-trod but nonetheless immense fun. And the ridiculous way in which the case is introduced to the characters adds to the joy. The handling of…
Thumbs Up: Woody Allen as an old school magician, "From the bottom of my heart, you're a wonderful human being and a credit to your race", a few nice gags, the river Styx sequences looked pretty cool, plus I enjoy Ian McShane no matter how shit the character is.
Thumbs Down: Johansson is pretty seriously miscast as a neurotic reporter, plus she has zero chemistry with either Allen or Jackman, the motivations of the characters are flimsy and gaping plot holes are frequently covered up by having the ghost suddenly appears for no reason and tell them something, the solution to the mystery is a wet noodle, bland production design.
There's something irritating about the role Woody Allen wrote for himself in this film. Unlike similar Allen films, it never really seems like much of a mystery and some of its turns just seem desperate. Still, it's rather watchable.
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Not one of Woody Allen's best films by a LONG shot, but still very enjoyable. Woody Allen is really one of the best film makers of all time. Although every once in a while he'll make a film that bombs, even those films are fantastically his own. His auteur as a film maker is quite impressive, and his personal style is very alluring to me.
Boy, you'd think that a Woody Allen movie that is a murder mystery starring the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman would be something really special. However, I was kind of surprised how formulaic the plot seemed to be. I think one issue is that I have watched too many murder mystery TV shows, so in order for a mystery to keep me engaged for an hour and a half it has to be a really intricate, or complex one. This most certainly is not that mystery. It's a very straightforward story where you are given the titular scoop in basically the first scene. The trick is figuring out whether the tip that the characters receive is accurate, or…
Ehhh lets see.. lots of great one liners and a fairly safe Woody Allen film that you'll easily kind of forget. Scarjo looks lovely yet nerdy so that kind of lifts the film here and there.. but its not enough.. that said you're a beautiful audience and I mean this from the bottom of my heart..
"THE PERFECT MAN. THE PERFECT STORY. THE PERFECT MURDER."
Well it sure was not what I expected after I read that synopsis. It did not blew my mind, however I had a great laugh.
Rented this on Valentine's Day with hopes it would be semi-charming, mysterious, and romantic, after all I enjoy a good mystery movie. Turns out this movie is absolutely awful. It's utterly ridiculous, nonsensical, and sexist. Woody Allen paints Johansson's character as dimwitted, nerdy, and willing to sleep with anyone, whether they are part of a story she's trying to write or in order to find out whether they're a serial killer. So dumb.
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