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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…
Scarlett Johansson is really cute here, and Woody Allen is really funny. I don't watch a lot of Woody Allen, so I haven't been burned out yet on his brand of humor. Definitely a light, fun, enjoyable film.
Found it different from the other Woody Allens movies , the rest are more romantic than this one. Fun movie nonetheless. And a young Scarlett Johansson is in it, wohoo
Woody Allen is a fascinating filmmaker who managed to go through 3 decades without getting repetitive. This strike ended, though, with 1998's "Celebrities" which, despite Kenneth Branagh's amazing performance, was dull and insipid. Since then, Allen went on his worst phase, doing movies that oscilated from great (Match Point, Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine), to awful. Sadly, this is where Scoop, probably the worst movie of Allen's career, fits.
Scarlett Johansson worked in Match Point, the best movie of Allen's recent year, for the fact that she played a femme-fatale like no other. In this movie, however, Johansson is the weakest point, since the actress doesn't have any timing for comedy. And the fact that the actress is trying to…
I love the fluffy, magical ones. After two dreary, joyless films, this one features Woody running around London solving crimes with Scarlett Johansson, which, as we all know, is the dream.
Magic, death and murder are often found in Woody Allen films. Scoop is no different, as Joe Stromble (McShane), from beyond the grave, appears to reporter Sondra (Johannson) in the middle of a magician’s (Allen) show. He gives her the ‘scoop’ of a lifetime, revealing the tarot-card killer as upper-class businessman Peter Lyman (Jackman). Pretending to play Father and daughter in many scenes, Scarlett Johansson is channelling her inner Woody Allen while acting with him. This means Scoop includes two neurotic, awkward Allen-esque characters, for the price of one. Considering the previous year saw the incredibly successful Match Point mark a high-point for Allen, similarly Scoop touches on wealth and power – and how it can corrupt. Including prat-falls and deft one-liners, Allen seems to be in comfortable territory. Far from perfect, Scoop includes playful comedy and, truthfully, it’s nice to see classic Woody back to his old tricks on screen.
I had forgotten I have seen this before but who knew I would love Comedy Mysteries by Woody Allen?
SCOOP returns Woody Allen to his comedic roots after the intense MATCH POINT, but unfortunately it falls into the category of his 'watered down' efforts alongside ANYTHING ELSE, HOLLYWOOD ENDING and even THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION. On the plus side, I still find woody's average films amusing and well worth seeing. There are plenty of 'meheheh' jokes here, just not as many 'ha-ha' or 'bwa-haha!' laughs.
Is there a need to go into the story? The thing I love about Allen’s films is going in knowing as little as possible and just going along for the ride. The setting is London once again (and will be for Allen’s next star-studded film), with the guy from deadwood getting a…
The most fun I've had with a Woody Allen movie in a long time. It could easily have starred Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo, and Woody is completely out of place in England. Johannson is the exact opposite of her Match Point character, and she sizzles.
I liked it better than most Netflix viewers, apparently. It isn't Allen's tightest or funniest or most plausible story, but Johansson is rather adorable as young journalism student who is more ambitious than she is competent. Allen shows up, too, as a surrogate father, but he gives some of the fun one-liners to his young co-star. This is one of Allen's magical concepts that works less for the execution of the plot than for the pleasure of the performances and dialogue.
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