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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…
Underwhelming Woody Allen comedy at its most forgettable. Following an underrated dramatic thriller like Match Point, it's weird to see Allen take on a project recalling more of his early screwball comedy works with a hint of a murder mystery around it. The trouble here is two fold; 1) the mystery feels far more like an after thought in service of getting Hugh Jackman & Scarlett Johansson together & 2) as much as I usually adore her, Johansson showcases one of her worst performances here. Her personality is attempting to achieve some sort of nebbish humor here, but it comes off less as Diane Keaton style broad humor and more of a Disney Channel sitcom star level comedy performance. Plus, the story…
"I see the glass half full, but of poison!"
What's the scoop?! It's Scoop, written and directed by Woody Allen, who also plays Woody Allen... Okay he plays a magician named Sid, but you know what I mean. The entire film is shot in lovely London, so I guess this could be considered part of Woody's "On Holiday" series where in the 00s he made a lot of films in other countries instead of his native New York. A lot of veteran British actors appear in small roles. Alexander Armstrong has one line as a police officer and Toby Jones has a blink and you will miss it cameo on the Grim Reaper's boat with no lines!
The plot of…
After British journalist Joe Strombel (Ian McShane) dies, he befriends a recently murdered woman on the ferry to the afterlife. During their conversation, he discovers she was murdered by Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), a wealthy London aristocrat.
Strombel deduces Lyman is a notorious serial killer and contacts young journalism student Sondra Pranksy (Scarlet Johansson) from beyond the grave during a magic show by Sid Waterman (Woody Allen).
Waterman becomes a father figure / mentor to Pransky as they work to expose Lyman.
Allen and Johansson have incredible chemistry and their burgeoning familial relationship is delightful, with Johansson channeling the great comediennes of yesteryear like Jean Arthur, Myrna Loy, and Carole Lombard.
Jackman is not normally cast as the villain, but…
It's as if "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "Match Point" combined into one film that very surprisingly disappointed a bunch of critics. "The Scoop" is a song by The Beastie Boys, "Scoop" a song by the grindcore band Nasum, Fatman Scoop is a rapper, and Operation Scoop was an Argentine guerilla attack, so is there anything good associated with this term that doesn't pertain to journalism? Shoot, there was some British film back in '34 titled "The Scoop" that was also about journalism and killing someone, but this film must be much more uplifting, because it is made by Woody Allen and stars Scarlett Johansson. With this, Johansson officially became a Woody Allen regular, which is a testament to Allen's taste…
ehh woody allens humour is very very dry
An enjoyable effort from Woody Allen, if devastatingly cliche.
This film is wonderful, and a credit to its race.
I was worried that having seen so many other Woody Allen films between the time I watched this and now would have diluted my enjoyment of the film (I may have been convinced of this during the first five minutes of the film too). But if anything, I like this even more than I did previously. My problem with so many of Allen's comedies from this period is that they're so poorly-paced, stretching far closer to two hours than any minor comedy should venture. But this is snappy stuff, well-edited so that the jokes land better and the murder mystery stuff actually provides tension (perhaps using his skills at suspense…
Like Allen's MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, SCOOP works better as a comedy than as a mystery. It's difficult to justify the film without saying that I laughed several times. Woody still has some great one-liners up his sleeve and I simply enjoyed watching him, Johansson, and Jackman, as they delivered that signature witty banter. The movie is all fun fluff.
The mystery is barely more complex than your average Nancy Drew story, but Scoop's real charm is the comic pairing of Allen and Johansson as awkward, bumbling would-be investigative journalists. Surreal touches, like a pair of little people randomly wandering around in the background, the inexplicable success of Allen's barely-average stage magician, and the supernatural element all serve to heighten the comedy.
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