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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
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 Hugh 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…
When it comes to crime, I do generally like the cut of Woody Allen's jib.
Manhattan Murder Mystery remains my favourite film of his and I would certainly have Small Time Crooks in my top five. While Scoop lands short of being as enjoyable as those two, it's still a film I enjoyed pretty much from start to finish.
As far as the crime element itself is concerned, it is certainly considerably weaker than the relatively comparable Manhattan Murder Mystery as well. Really and truly, this film gets by almost entirely on the interactions between Scarlett Johansson and Allen. The crime itself is relatively predictably written and not helped by a rather flat performance by Hugh Jackman, an actor who…
A delightful, intelligent and witty Woody Allen film. The satirical elements work really well here, especially with Hugh Jackman's suave and charasmatic performance.
The purgatory scenes were pure gold, very creative and funny.
The ending was a total anticlimax but still worked for the most part.
How the hell does Ghostbusters (2016) have a higher average rating than this?!
"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,…
Having only recently watching my first Woody Allen movie - Midnight in Paris (Antz doesn't count) I have found it really like his films.
Scoop was no exception a funny comedy with some quirky moments and Woody which is, in my opinion, hilarious.
Well, you know your movie's got a problem when there's a scene between Woody Allen and Charles Dance, and it's Dance that ends up making you laugh more.
This movie's not as bad as its reputation suggests. It actually has a pretty solid first and third act, but meanders in the middle as there just isn't enough material to last a full 90 minutes. Woody is once again miscast and the choice to make this a buddy comedy between him and Scarlett Johansson was misguided as they have no chemistry. I will say it's better than TO ROME WITH LOVE.
Interesting observation about Woody: when he tells crime stories and plays it serious, he gets excellent results (CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS, MATCH…
Look, it's a movie. It runs at 24 frames per second. It's 90+ minutes long. It has a beginning, middle, and end with actors being recorded on camera telling a story. Then it stops and the credits roll and you get up and go and do whatever else you were going to do that day. The End.
Journalist Joe Strombel (played brilliantly by Ian McShane) has just died and meets a newly dead woman who believes that she was poisoned by her employee (Hugh Jackman) and that he was a serial killer. Strombel is mightily miffed to get such a great lead now that he is dead, so manages to speak to an American journalist student (Scarlett Johansson) who investigates with a magician (Woody Allen) she has just met.
Apart from Allen the film was rather funny (which seems odd seeing as it's all about the search for a serial killer) with some good performances which perhaps the film didn't deserve.
Hwaaaa, lagi-lagi film besutan Woody Allen bikin aku jatuh cinta. Apalagi musik pembukanya musik klasik Swan Lake yg berkesan lucu karena ini emang film komedi tapi tetep punya jalan cerita yang serius.
Gaya Woody selalu sama di setiap filmnya, tapi di sini dia lucu abis! Aku suka banget. Apalagi kalo inget cara dia ngomong "From the bottom of my heart... Blablabla" LMAO. And that mnemonic thing. So hilarious.
Scarlett juga oke, cuman ada di beberapa scene yang aktingnya agak kurang. Ceritanya dia jadi mahasiswi lulusan jurnalisme bernama Sondra yang mendadak didatangi hantu bernama Joe Strombel (dulunya reporter ternama) dan dibisiki soal kasus Tarot Cards Serial Killer yang sampai detik itu masih diselidiki pihak kepolisian. Maka jadilah dia dan Sidney menyamar sebagai anak dan ayah demi mendekati Peter yang diduga sebagai sosok serial killer tersebut. Pokoknya seru deh petualangan mereka berdua. Sayang di akhir cerita Sidney harus mati.
At this point, part of the experience of watching a Woody Allen film is just trying to name all the other Woody Allen films the current one resembles. “Scoop” was quite a few steps down from “Match Point,” one of several comebacks he already had in his filmography. Mainly it suffers from an overdose of familiarity. It’s well cast and everyone is bringing the right energy to their performances, but anyone who knows Allen’s work well enough will be tired rather quickly of the same ole’ same.
“Scoop” has bits of “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Shadows and Fog,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “New York Stories: Oedipus Wrecks,” “Small Time Crooks” and even “Match point.” And probably dozens of others I’m not thinking…
A very enjoyable murder mystery Woody film with interesting characters, had me guessing to the end.
Scoop has just recently been added to UK Amazon Prime, presumably as an attempt to make Crisis in Six Scenes look good in comparison after its critical kicking, though I must say that despite its obvious flaws I did find that pretty watchable and funny. Scoop, however, is a very different story. It’s not quite on the same level of bad as Cassandra’s Dream, which remains the worst Allen film I’ve seen to date, but it’s still tremendously awful. It feels similarly amateurish and you wouldn’t think for a second that this was made by somebody with a forty year career behind them that included Annie Hall. It feels like a long, shoddy TV pilot submitted to the BBC by…
Scoop is not a bad film. The idea is quite interesting, Allen puts some decent jokes in there and it keeps it's length short and to the point. The problem is that it is just really twee.
First of all as a Brit I have to say that Allen's view of Britain is very romanticised and feels like something out of Downton Abbey. Also High Jackman gives a terribly flat performance which wouldn't be as much of a problem if it wasn't for Scarlet Johansson who was hamming it up in every scene. This made his poor effort stand out and made Johansson's character more annoying than she should have been.
The film didn't get a cinematic release here in…
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
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