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NEW Scoop (DVD)

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By falcon
Format:DVD
having only seen one Woody Allen Movie prior to this,(Purple Rose of
Cairo)and years ago,i didn't know what to expect.i was very impressed
with this movie.i liked the directing style and the writing.Allen wrote
directed,and starred in the movie.Scoop is a murder mystery comedy
starring Scarlett Johansson,Hugh Jackman and Allen himself.Johansson
plays Sondra Pransky,an American journalism student(visiting London)
who receives a major scoop about a series of murders in London.Allen
plays Sid Waterman a quirky,nervous,magician, who Sondra meets while
participating in one of his tricks.it is here that Sondra receives the
Scoop.Sondra drags Sid into the mystery and together they look for
clues about the murders.Along the way,they meet Peter Lyman(Hugh
Jackman)son of Lord Lyamn(Julian Glover)who plays a prominent role in
the mystery.Ian McShane has a small but pivotal cameo.at first,Allen is
annoying and grating what with his quirky mannerisms and
all(stuttering,fast talking hyper activity,nervousness)but he quickly
becomes very endearing.Allen is very quick with the wit in this movie
and he's so natural at it.Scarlett Johansson also has some funny lines
and her and Allen work off each other brilliantly.there is no denying
the chemistry between them.the whole movie is very well written,with
sharp,crisp dialogue all through.the method in which Sondra receives
the scoop is ingenious,but i won't reveal it here.the movie is very low
key and subtle but very effective.a strong 4/5
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Another Allen film that was generally dismissed by critics, but for me was worth seeing. Certainly it’s hard to argue that this is up there with Allen’s best work, but it still has a lot of funny bits, and Allen and Scarlett Johansson have a great on-screen rapport as a young aspiring journalist and a slightly pathetic aging magician who team up to try and solve a murder case.

The two Americans have to fake their way into the snooty upper-class world of London, to chase the young aristocrat who a ghostly Ian McShane (a great reporter who died, but got a tip crossing the river Styx, and came back to tell someone) has informed them committed a series of murders. Allen is very funny in these scenes as he tries to blend in with the lords and ladies, and Hugh Jackman does an excellent job as the suave, likable ‘is he or isn’t he’ object of their investigations, who, naturally Johannson falls for.

There are weaknesses; some logic problems with the mystery, and a pay-off that’s less than one might hope. But this does a nice job of capturing some of the feel of a witty 1930s comedy. While no masterpiece, if almost anyone else had made this film, it might well have gotten praise as an enjoyable, well made romantic comedy thriller. It just doesn’t quite stand up when compared to the heights Allen is capable of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Direct from River Styx Dec 21 2006
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A newsflash from the great beyond

Direct from River Styx

Delivered to a journalist

Through a magician's tricks

It seems that an aristocrat

May be the Tarot Killer

But don't look for the blood and gore

This ain't that type of thriller

The Great Splendini & the girl

Investigate the crime

The former is unwilling

But he gives in over time

She finds a way to infiltrate

And when his guard is down

Peter Lyman takes the bait

When she contrives to drown

Here's where the good part really starts

There's murder and romance

With a little touch of comedy

The movie to enhance

Is Jackman still like Wolverine

With hidden steely claws?

Or is he an aristocrat

With no obvious flaws?

This movie's in the major leagues

And Johansson is disarming

It's been a while since Woody A

Made something quite this charming

Amanda Richards
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 Stars: Balderdash! Oct. 31 2006
Format:DVD
Though the middle 30 minutes or so are fun, patented Woody Allen witty fun, the bulk of "Scoop" is listless and lifeless and once again, as he did in "Match Point," he manages to make the very human and thoughtful Scarlett Johansson colorless, bland and unattractive though, to be sure, there are moments in which her deadpan humor comes through loud and clear.

The basic story is very much like Allen's fantastic "Manhattan Murder Mystery" but whereas "MMM" is full of life and fun and boasts a cast (Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Allen and Anjelica Huston) that actually relate and react to each other and consequently come to life on screen, the trio of Allen, Johansson and the oddly wooden Hugh Jackman...don't.

Once again it is fun to see Woody doing his schtick with and at the upper crust English cast and the film looks beautiful. Also on the plus side is the precise performance of Ian McShane as Joe Strombel: the dead reporter who sets the plot in motion.

It is apparent that Woody Allen has not found England fertile ground for his genius if "Match Point" and "Scoop" are examples of his stay there: for example, the last scene, the denouement of "Scoop" is depressingly limp and unfocused as if Allen ran out of film to finish the scene properly.

Contrary to the evidence here, I know that the Woodman has still got the goods to make strong, witty, involving films. The big question here is When?
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