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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.
‘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.…
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 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…
"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…
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…
Scoop is a movie that never, not even once, rises to being a good film. However, it never becomes bad either. It is Allen's worst movie because of how insanely middle of the road it is. If there's anything good to say about it is that Woody's performance as the Great Splendini is the film's saving grace throughout as his gets some acidic one-liners in that balance out the blandness that the Huge Jackedman brings. [C]
Splendini. Non son especialmente benebolente con Woody Allen, pero esta peli é entretida.
An amiable trifle, but never has Allen's on-screen presence felt more recycled or awkward. The vivacious Romola Garai would have made a better sidekick.
I’ve always liked the subgenre of Woody Allen movies that dive unapologetically into the fantastic. You know it when you see it: Owen Wilson drunkenly stumbling into the 1920s one late Paris night, or, in the case of Scoop, a recently deceased journalist trying to bribe the Grim Reaper on the River Styx.
Scoop ties with the Jason Biggs-fronted Anything Else for the “worst” Woody Allen-directed movie, both clocking in at a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critic Stephen Hunter straight-up called it “the worst movie Woody Allen has ever made.” Casting seems to have been one of the reasons behind critical response, with Tony Medley quipping, “If Adam and Eve had been burdened with the same lack of chemistry between…
Woody Allen returns as an actor to his latest frothy comedy, but this time he appears to have figured out that making himself the love interest of the hot Hollywood starlet is too creepy to bear, so he instead settles into a new role, that of the paternal, dithering mentor, and he fits it well.
Said Hollywood starlet in this case is Scarlett Johannsson, who plays the role Diane Keaton would have played had she been young enough to appear in this film. In fact, the whole movie brings to mind Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery," only this time set in London, mixed with a healthy dose of last year's fabulously entertaining "Match Point," had that film been played as a…
No aporta absolutamente nada nuevo al universo Allen, pero recicla de la mejor manera.
Una de las películas que mas recuerdo haberme reído en cine.
Battute poco brillanti, ma rivedere il faccione balbettante di Allen è sempre un piacere. La Johansson si conferma musa, il film scorre educatamente ma è abbastanza dimenticabile.
Lo cierto es que, en este intento de tragicomedia, (que a mi parecer tiene más de comedia que de tragedia) la trama me resulta muy previsible en la mayor parte de la película, cosa que hace al público minorizar su intriga y caer en la monotonía de adivinar cada suceso a destacar del drama.
En cuanto al reparto, considero especificar que los protagonistas se han dotado de un dramatismo hiperbólico que dista mucho de acoplarse a la realidad, siendo además, tormentosamente expresivos en las escenas más cotidianas contenidas en la película.
Respecto al plano audiovisual, considero que la escenografía no es especialmente rebuscada, pero también destaco que se centran mucho en escenas carentes de relevancia y disminuyen el impacto de…
All of the comedies, rated three stars or higher, that I have watched and reviewed since joining Letterboxd. Films are…