A dead British reporter hands tenacious journalism student, Sondra, the scoop of a lifetime while she is visiting friends in London. However, all the clues are leading to the aristocrat she is dangerously falling for.
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Not great, not awful. Scoop feels like what would've happened after Woody Allen watched Match Point for the 15th time, decided it should've been a comedy and decided to remake it. Scarlett Johansson was great and Hugh Jackman was nauseatingly charming. I liked some of the stuff that hearkened back to Allen's 70s work like the Grim Reaper, too. One of better latter-day works.
Watched this again last night. What a charming little film. Scarlett gets dorky and Woody gets magical. It plays with genre without getting too clever. It's a pleasure to see Woody act again and he is truly hysterical in this one. "I heard you drowning. I finished my tea & scones and came immediately."
***1/2 Light comedy which could be called "London Murder Mystery" in reference to the 1993 "Manhattan Murder Mystery" of the same director. Scarlett Johansson is adorable as a naive student in journalism and Woody Allen perfect as Splendini the magician. 96 minutes of sheer pleasure. Recommended.
Allen does another charming murder mystery, this time far away from his beloved New York. Scarlett Johansson is not much of an actress, but she is always good on the eyes, and she has a very good chemistry with the old Woody. They're also very well supported by Ian McShane and Hugh Jackman. A satisfactory comedy with sharp, witty dialogue and enjoyable Bergmanian and Hitchcockian touches.
Like a recycled piece of paper, it's still worthy of some scribbles on it, but will hardly form a book. Not the book hardcore fans or hipsters would buy anyhow. Puns on British culture, unlike in "Match Point", miss the point, and seem almost intentionally flat. The story that comes out of it lacks a more refined script to be anything more than a quaint little comedy.