There are three reasons to watch this movie: 1. If you think anything by Woody Allen is absolutely hilarious 2. If you think Scarlett Johanssen is really cute (because she is a lot of that) 3. If you're a Hugh Jackman fan... although you may be disappointed at the very two-dimensional character he's given to portray.
Just realize going in this is a Woody Allen comedy (focus on Woody Allen) and not a romance comedy as portrayed in the ads. Character depth isn't in the recipe.
On the other hand, if you don't like Woody Allen dominating a film, can only handle so much of Johansson being micro-directed, or are a Hugh Jackman fan, you may find this flick less than satisfying. While there are a few semi-humorous lines in this as well as a couple of well-acted moments, for me Scoop was a bit of a letdown (considering I was hoping for a solid Johansson / Jackman romance comedy).
I am going to avoid relating the name of the film to cat litter commercials because that would be crass and irrelevant. However it would be fair to say that while the movie claims to star Johansson and Jackman, the prevalence of Allen in almost every scene of the movie (it surprises me he didn't pop up in the bedroom scenes) definitely gives a different flavor to the film than expected. This is typical Woody Allen humor but with considerably less wit than displayed in his earlier film. Unfortunately it drags Scarlett and Hugh along for the ride in a not-all-that-interesting tale that quickly becomes semi-narrative in scope. I felt as if I were watching an ongoing Allen commentary on everything that was going on in the show.
It was our family movie night. My sister politely excused herself about halfway through and told me go ahead and finish watching it and let her know if the rest is worth watching. I didn't blame her. I later emailed her that between the two of us hers was the wiser decision.
Allen fans may disagree with this review (especially when I read the glowing reviews about what an uproarious comedy this is), but I didn't go into this with the understanding I was watching a Woody Allen movie with two co-stars. I went in expecting a romantic-comedy and found little of either. There are apparently a lot of people who agree, as this barely squeaks out a 6.5 rating as of this review.
I'll include no spoilers, no discussion of (plot?)... just a caution: if you like Woody Allen you might enjoy this movie. If viewers enjoy predictable, light-fluff plot lines, this makes a pretty decent rainy Saturday flick. Far worse films have been made-- and this does have the benefits of Johannson and Jackman to provide eye candy throughout-- its true saving grace and the reason I gave it 5 stars rather than a yawner 4.
Perhaps the actors would agree-- this was not their best platform, and is nowhere near the best work of Woody Allen. Beware the reviews with gushing stars in their eyes. If you're an Allen fan and love the movie, I'm happy for you. Other folks may find this to be a cutesy flick centered around Woody Allen's performance. And I say that with the deepest sincerity. You're all amazing people, a credit to your race. Seriously, you've been wonderful. (That schlock got tiring pretty early.)
Action / Comedy / Crime / Mystery
Action / Comedy / Crime / Mystery
In the funeral of the famous British journalist Joe Strombel, his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking for a scoop. Meanwhile the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London. He cheats the Reaper and appears to the American student of journalism Sondra Pransky, who is on the stage in the middle of a magic show of the magician Sidney Waterman in London, and tells her that the murderer is the aristocrat Peter Lyman. Sondra drags Sid in her investigation, seeking for evidences that Peter is the killer. However, she falls in love with him and questions if Joe Strombel is right in his scoop.
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