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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…
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.
Es graciosilla, con unos puntos de WoodyAllenismo extremo que se comen el desarrollo de la historia, pero bien.
Although it's frivolous, this is a great companion piece to "Match Point." It's also Allen's funniest movie of the decade. These two could almost be seen as a (more) successful version of what he attempted in "Melinda and Melinda."
A fun film in Woody Allen's oeuvre with fun sexy performances from Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman, and another great witty performance by Woody Allen himself. My friend Emily told me that if I wanted to get girls I just needed to act as charming as Hugh Jackman in this film, I guess the fact of him being a serial killer didn't matter. So there is hope.
"Scoop" is cinematic fluff from Woody Allen, in my opinion - together with Spielberg - the greatest American filmmaker working today (sorry Scorsese-fans).
On one hand it feels almost rushed, like Allen wrote it with one eye, on the other it is Woody Allen meets Alfred Hitchcock meets the supernatural; a blend so ridiculous I find it impossible to hate. It's never really that thrilling, rarely laugh out loud funny, but it is disarmingly enjoyable.
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