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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,…
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 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…
Much like Woody Allen's Match Point, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, I really like his modern day comedy crimes. I do prefer Allen working on this combination of genres, with Manhattan Murder Mystery being my favourite film of his, compared to his beautifully located romances, because he knows how to make the genres work together so well.
Allen is completely tolerable co-leading his own film, which sometimes I find irritating, and Hugh Jackman is fantastic, too.
Woody Allen has made over 75 movies... They can't all be good.
Pretty corny story, but that doesn't really matter here, it's fun. The film is hilarious, lots of great lines delivered by Woody Allen. Scarlett Johansson was pretty quirky and fun here too. The movie has a little something for everybody, Hugh Jackman for the ladies, Scarlett Johansson for the guys, and Woody Allen for all of the pathetic narcissists like me. Lots of dental jokes too. Overall it's hard for me to be disappointed by Woody Allen and this was a solid flick. Would recommend if you like rom-coms, even though it really isn't your basic rom-com.
Edit: just want to say from the bottom of my heart that I love the Woody Allen font that he uses in the credits of all of his films.
Johansson is beautiful, Allen is eccentric and provides some good humor to the film, but there is nothing you have not seen before with both actors performances. The film itself is a descent watch but not revolutionary for my secound view of it.
i dont know why...but woody allen movies are always a kind of magic..
"I was born into the Hebrew persuasion, but when I got older I converted to narcissism."
Woody has several good lines such as the one above, but the story's just too corny for me to get into it.
A journal student tracking a tarot serial killer with the help of magician . it can be watchable.
Woody Allen stays firmly in his comfort zone and I can dig it. Everyone seems to be having lots of fun and I think that may be the movie's biggest draw. It's like fun by osmosis. If you like Woody's brand of humour and haven't grown tired of his shtick (and personally, I never will), then this should be a suitably enjoyable, funny, and light-hearted affair. Turn it on when you're tired and have a good time :)
Underwhelming Woody Allen comedy at its most forgettable. Following an underrated dramatic thriller like Match Point, it's weird to see Allen take on a project recalling more of his early screwball comedy works with a hint of a murder mystery around it. The trouble here is two fold; 1) the mystery feels far more like an after thought in service of getting Hugh Jackman & Scarlett Johansson together & 2) as much as I usually adore her, Johansson showcases one of her worst performances here. Her personality is attempting to achieve some sort of nebbish humor here, but it comes off less as Diane Keaton style broad humor and more of a Disney Channel sitcom star level comedy performance. Plus, the story…
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