Very, Very, Funny. A Great Movie. (by keystone_cop17)
"Scoop" is easily Woody Allen's funniest film of the 2000's so far. Allen, although finally looking his age, is at the top of his game as low-brow magician Sidney Waterman. His one-liners and demeanor are hilarious. Don't let the critics sway your opinion. "Scoop" is a top notch "Woody-Lite" picture. The classical music score is an excellent compliment to the action on screen. Scarlett Johanson looks gorgeous in that bathing suit. Jackman is dashing. The cinematography glows. "Scoop" is wonderful escapist fare from start to finish. The last <more>
shot of the film alone is worth the admission price.
One of the best films I've seen...it has it all (by laura-674)
This is one of the few movies I've seen where I actually laughed out loud in the theater. The casting and acting is superb. Woody is in top form as his character, a vaudeville-type stage magician attempts to blend in with England's upper class. Ian McShane, one of my favorite actors, is a pleasure to watch. Scarlett Johanssen is breathtaking Woody Allen seems to know how to bring out the best in women .The plot could work as a straight-out classic thriller but the comedy adds a wonderful dimension. I'll be buying this one on DVD as soon as it's out. I've seen all of Woody <more>
Definitely The BEST Comedy! (by zheyingliang_abigail)
OMG! This is definitely the best movie ever! I was like SO HOOKED to this movie! I watched it like Oh Gosh...... I don't even remember how many times lol ! SERIOUSLY, it is that good! Sondra Pransky Scarlett Johansson , a journalism student from Brooklyn, NY, received a big "scoop" from a deceased news reporter, Joe Stromble Ian McShane through a dematerializer in a experiment offered by a magician called Sidney Waterman Woody Allen , nicknamed Splendini. The big "scoop" is that a rich, handsome, and successful guy named Peter Lyman Hugh Jackman is the "Tarot <more>
Card Killer" that had been killing especially short hair brunettes in London. Wanting to investigate more about the case, Sondra met Peter and ended up falling in love with him. Sondra is sure that Peter is definitely NOT the "Tarot Card Killer". But is Peter indeed a very dangerous man? Is Sondra's life at risk? Find out by watching this delightful and refreshing comedy by Woody Allen! By the way, did I mention that it's incrediblely funny too?Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!
Where Manhattan Murder Mystery and Match Point intersect (by moegolden)
I'd even say some shades of Hitchcock...this is clearly better than MMM, which is seen as a guilty pleasure by some if not most Woody fans. By the way, did you know that Annie Hall was first conceived as a murder mystery? Anyhow, Woody reclaims some relevance in film comedy with this one. The plot turns are nice and tight. I will say that in the first 20 minutes or so, some of the actors are a little too hasty at delivering their lines, but stick around. Scarlett Johansson proves well-cast in the Diane Keaton-type role, and at no time is there any uncomfortable moments between her and the <more>
much older Woody. No one could imagine a more perfect actor for the role of Peter Lyman than Jackman.
First of all, let me comment that the audience LOVED it from the first moment. Perhaps current events in the Middle-East led people to take the attitude, "I came for a comedy and by George I'm going to enjoy it." but for whatever reason, everybody seemed really into the comedy of it. The last few times Woody has tried to do a straight comedy Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending I've felt like the one-liners felt strained and a bit antiquated. I remember thinking at one point, "That would have been funny in the early sixties." So going <more>
in to this movie, I was afraid Woody was becoming tone deaf, however, in this one his comic sensibilities were in perfect tune. Admittedly, there were plenty of my fellow AARP card carrying folks in the screening, but there were also plenty of 20-somethings and 30-somethings as well, and they all seemed to get it and give up the occasional belly laugh in addition to numerous guffaws, chuckles and the like. In many instances, the throw-aways had people laughing so loud you missed the next line.Thematically, Woody was traipsing familiar ground. As I suspected from the trailer, this film had a lot of Manhattan Murder Mystery in it, but then again, there was more than a smidgen of Oedipus Wrecks New York Stories , Alice, and even a little tribute to Broadway Danny Rose at the very beginning.Even with Woody in the movie, Scarlett, as Sondra, was, at times the Woody-proxy, but her character was far from the Nebbish that, say, Will Ferrell gave us in Melinda and Melinda or Kenneth Branaugh attempted in Celebrity. Instead of archetypal ticks and quirks, Sondra's nerdishness comes directly from the family history which she shares early on. On numerous occasions the "family business" leads her to malapropisms that we get as an audience, while the characters on the screen can only perceive them as strange non-sequiturs. Since we are all in on the joke, we can't help but laugh. But the laughs don't come from recognizing the Woody nebbish, but truly from the character. To a great extent, unlike Farrell, Branaugh, Cusack or even Mia Farrow before her, Scarlett is not required to use the Woody voice to evoke the Woody role. Thus, we don't find ourselves ripped out of the narrative as a Woody's voice suddenly emerges from someone else' face.As my friend commented on the way out, Sid, the character played by Woody, is a supporting role, but more center-stage than I was hoping going in. However, this time Woody seems to have written a character that truly fits his current persona. Unlike his Ed Dobel sage character in Anything Else, or his blind director in Hollywood Ending, this time the character is a comfortable fit. Perhaps more importantly, this time the character works in the story. Within the elevated circles they find themselves in, he is even more fish-out-of-water than Scarlett, which is used to great comedic effect throughout. Sid is a declining, itinerant magician playing to small audiences, but the fact that he is from another era is placed front and center for our enjoyment.But what about Jackman? What about Ian Swearengen McShane? I liked both of them to the extent that they are used in the piece. I particularly liked McShane's short but effective turns. Jackman is charming with the ease of "Old Money" that was so often portrayed in films from 50 years ago. Class echoes from Purple Rose of Cairo? So what did I think? Short answer, maybe his best straight comedy since 1994's Bullets Over Broadway. Less stylized than Mighty Aphrodite. Less caustic than Deconstructing Harry. Less forced than Small Time Crooks or Hollywood Ending. Woody has finally found a comic voice that works in the 21st century.
This movie is good, not nearly as good as Matchpoint, or some of Woody's other wonderful works.There is a scene where Scarlet is drowning in a pool, and in the background the wall is marked 6'8". Last I checked the UK wasn't on the US feet/inches system. The movie claims to only have been shot in the UK, however I think this might have been done on a sound stage in the US.Part of the story line is that Scarlet is living with friends in the UK, and although I'm not one normally interested in full character development I always felt like something about her family in the US <more>
would surface, maybe I was just really curious. I agree this wouldn't have added much to the movie but it was confusing she's from Brookly, goes to school in Rochester NY, never talks to her family ever?
The critics didn't get the "Scoop" on this one (by markmatthew)
Reading a wide variety of "Scoop" reviews over the past few days, I walked into the theater prepared for a subpar outing from Woody. Happily, I couldn't have been more wrong. Granted, Woody the performer is slowing down a touch or two, but Woody the writer/director is in fine form - and found a credible way to integrate his 70-year old self into the story. Judging from the laughter and guffaws, the audience ate up Allen's one-liners and dialogue in a way that I haven't seen in several years. In a movie landscape dominated by software-approved story arcs, twentysomething <more>
tastes and assembly-line formula fare for kiddies, it's a source of both satisfaction and inspiration to see Allen pursuing his highly personal and still-rewarding path.
I thought this was a wonderful way to spend time on a too hot summer weekend, sitting in the air conditioned theater and watching a light-hearted comedy. The plot is simplistic, but the dialogue is witty and the characters are likable even the well bread suspected serial killer . While some may be disappointed when they realize this is not Match Point 2: Risk Addiction, I thought it was proof that Woody Allen is still fully in control of the style many of us have grown to love.This was the most I'd laughed at one of Woody's comedies in years dare I say a decade? . While I've <more>
never been impressed with Scarlet Johanson, in this she managed to tone down her "sexy" image and jumped right into a average, but spirited young woman.This may not be the crown jewel of his career, but it was wittier than "Devil Wears Prada" and more interesting than "Superman" a great comedy to go see with friends.
Great Woody Allen? No. Good Woody Allen? Definitely. I found myself, along with the audience in attendance, laughing hard and often at some of the best Woody Allen lines we've heard in a while. The aging Allen created an appropriate role for himself as Scarlett Johansson's "father" ... well, sort of. Some have said Johansson plays "a young Dianne Keaton." I beg to differ. She plays Woody's dialogue, which, in his comedies, always has a very similar feel...like, well, a Woody Allen comedy. That's fine for us Woody appreciators. She certainly did Woody's <more>
dialogue far better than the young cast of his last comedy, Melinda/Melinda. Some may find Woody's humor tiresome, but for those of us who love it when it's done right, we look forward to the next.