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The turbulent crime comedy from the rhetorical whit and analytical delivery of director and screenwriter Woody Allen. Journalist student Sondra Pransky befriends an upper class gentleman possibly the suspect of a murder on her search for a mysterious Tarot card killer.
" 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…
Well, this is awkward. The film, I mean. Very awkward. Clunky too. And stilted. Not as awkward as having your film part-funded by BBC Films, shooting it in London, and then not being able to get it released in Britain. But awkward nonetheless.
ScarJo, as I believe we're calling her now, is a journalism student in what I think is supposed to be England, except that no-one in England acts or talks like this, and you can't get a Coke in a glass at a bakery. Still, there are loads of people off English telly, like Phil Cornwell as the neighbour of a murder victim, Charles Dance as a journo, Alexander Armstrong playing a policeman and Romola Garai playing one…
Considering the three leads and its accomplished, beloved director and writer and small plot of a magician (I love magic), Scoop seemed to be a movie I would love. Sadly, it’s not. While I appreciate it and had fun with it at times, it seemed to just be an idea…not a movie. Allen must have just been sitting in London, eating Indian food, and saw a Tarot card on the floor and thought this would be a great movie. It felt incomplete and rushed to make this before anyone else. Really, who’s going to think of anything near this? The premise is very intriguing, but the film never leaves the platform.
In short, it’s how Allen describes Johansson as his…
You know what rhymes with Scoop?
There are few things in this world that are inherently funny. The idea of Woody Allen is a magician is one of those things. It's to this movie's credit that it doesn't waste that idea, and the rest is pretty funny too.
Pondering if this film needed a different director or the same director years earlier. Someone who could sustain what was working, not let the energy flag, figure out the characters, not miscast Scarlett Johansson, etc. I think it needed Billy Wilder? What I liked: so much of its scenery has a dinky, artificial quality that feels like theater. The second scene, set on a boat in purgatory led by Death, makes no attempt to disguise that it was shot on a sound stage, with fog machines clumsily trying to mask the absence of a body of water. Throughout, there's a charming shabbiness to the scenery, like you can somehow sense that every prop is hallow on the inside. Works in…
Viewed: 03/25/14; Apartment early evening
Woody Allen films are generally intriguing and Jackman is quite the versatile actor, but my biggest pull here was Johansson. Ever since I was in high school she would show up consistently in varying types of movies, but it wasn’t until Iron Man 2 (and from that point on) that I started to take an interest in her performances. Going into the movie I expected a light and dry romcom. I thought a rugged and charming Jackman would be pitted against a wily and alluring Johansson.
I definitely liked this movie better than I thought I would. I liked Johansson’s character. From her other movies I expected her to play either…
A hell of a lot of people hate this film. Sure, it's nowhere near as good as Crimes and Misdemeanors or Manhattan - obviously - but it's funny enough to warrant 3 stars.
Better than I remembered it. I just love Scarlett Johansson in it, and seeing her interact with Allen. Some very funny moments.
Did not really buy Scarlett playing a "Female Woody"...or Woody playing a magician, plus his humor, writing for he and Scarlett, did not really work for me either...
Scarlett Johansson’s performance in this gets a bad rap but I really liked it. Was cute to see her trying to be comedic and twitchy and nerdy. Hugh Jackman displays his ability, as he did in The Prestige, to become an English bloke that only vaguely looks like Hugh Jackman just by how he holds himself and the expression he affects. It’s damn creepy! I liked all the stagey afterlife stuff too, that was great. Really fun movie.
"Well did you accomplish anything besides a possible pregnancy?"
Well Allen, did you accomplish that possible pregnancy?
Seems like that was the only match point for this film – and I do value more Scarlett-centric films, but this one was made by a creepy old man without enough blood supply to his brain.
Rewatch-probability: 2 - Not likely
Here's another one of those Woody Allen films that gets a lot of slack. It's as if Woody can't make a comedy (like his old ones) with no deeper meanings (even there are slight tinges of meaning) without getting shat on by the general public (who mostly prefer his older funny ones).
This movie is so funny... and it's a thriller... and it's a fun ride from start to finish. It's kind of like a funny comedy version of his last film Match Point but where that film was played completely straight this one goes for laughs with no real drama.
Did I mention it's also a thriller?
Tras el éxito de Match Point (2005), Woody Allen afrontó el segundo de los tres filmes que tenía pactados en Reino Unido. En esta ocasión, optó por la comedia desenfadada, con un argumento que, al presentar personajes corrientes investigando crímenes, recordaba mucho a Misterioso asesinato en Manhattan (1993). Los resultados, sin embargo, estuvieron lejos de parecerse a los de tan estimulante precedente.
Scoop se ve en todo momento con agrado. Contiene algunos “gags” muy afortunados y permitió al galán Hugh Jackman explotar su vena cómica mejor que en otros intentos. Pero no puede dejar de tenerse la impresión de ser un trabajo demasiado guiado por el “piloto automático”, carente de la chispeante inspiración de las grandes comedias del genio neoyorquino.
- Hot Fuzz
- The Mechanic
- Annie Hall
- Crimes and Misdemeanors
- Hannah and Her Sisters
- The Purple Rose of Cairo
- Pandora's Box
- City Lights
- King Kong
- The Bride of Frankenstein
I figured I would give this one a shot. They're not in anay real order, except for CASABLANCA's being my…