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Light and charming,Scoopblends murder, ghosts, and falling in love. While inside of a magician's magic cabinet, aspiring journalist Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson,Lost in Translation) is visiting by the ghost of a dead reporter (Ian McShane,Deadwood) who has gotten a hot tip in the afterlife: A rising young politician named Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman,X-Men) may be the notorious serial killer who leaves tarot cards by his victims. With the magician (writer-director Woody Allen) in tow, Sondra sneaks her way into Lyman's life--and, despite increasing evidence that the tip is true, finds herself falling in love with him.Scoopis stronger than Allen's last film, the overratedMatch Point; moment to moment, scene to scene, it's his most zippy and entertaining movie in years. It still suffers from laziness--Allen seems unwilling to look at the plot's holes and find a way to sew them up--and Allen's own persona, with his now-rote comic stutterings and hesitations, drags on the film's momentum. Despite this,Scoophas flashes of suspense and wit that, in an unknown filmmaker, would be cause for celebration. Also featuring Charles Dance (White Mischief) and Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle), one of the few actresses who can compete with Johansson in lusciousness.--Bret Fetzer
Pale Imitation Imitation chick-flick/date-movie, a waste of performers's talents. Woody Allen charming, but barely a supporting character. Scarlett Johansson sweet but ditsy, much given to falling into sex with men with litle forethought. Hugh Jackman in a role well below his talents, his character unforgettable beyond being suave and handsome. Johanson speaks of her adoration for his character, but we see nothing showing this developing. (Teachers stress show, don't tell.) It is hoped better vehicles come along for all involved. Instead of this, watch anything by Allen, Jackman as a worthy love-interest in "Paperback Hero," or "Kate and Leopold."3.75 stars -- a predictable comic delight This version of "Scoop", which you won't confuse with the Herbert Lom version from many years ago, is a comic delight that mixes romance, murder, humor and mystery in a nicely-packaged production. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen, Ian McShane and hunky Hugh Jackman.
Johansson goes against her femme fatale and/or wounded woman type as a college journalims student sleuthing the story of a serial murderer in London. Allen plays his signature comic role as a magician that forges a relationship with Johannson and aids her sleuthery. His script is essentially one liners with his unique spontaneity, as always, some of which leave you laughing while others merely amuse you. McShane, whom you may have seen in HBO's "Deadwood", is, ironically, a dead reporter that appears as a ghost from time to time to clue in the pair on how to solve the case. Jackman plays a hunky Brit of royal heritage that woos Johansson during her investigation and plays another role in the overall story.
This film moves quickly and breezily from scene to scene, never meandering or going into tangents, and always going forward in sprightly comic style. Its English scenery, including the neighborhood surrounding London's majestic Royal Albert Hall, where one of the murders takes place, add a lot to the film's aura.
The storyline is weak and cliche-ridden and nothing outside the comic elements of the script does anything to change this. But what most works most against this film is its predictability. There comes a point in the movie where Johansson and "father" Allen -- she at one point passes him off as her father -- have used tips and evidence to pin the murders on the obvious perp...but along comes another guy that confesses to them. It's clear to anyone with ears, eyes and a brain that's ever seen one of these movies what's going to transpire in the next 30 minutes and it all transpires just as you'd imagine.
Still, this is an enjoyable foray for an evening that will leave comedy fans feeling good when it's concluded...even if you can't remember anything that went on in the story. My greatest enjoyment was seeing Johansson play comedy, something I'd not seen before from this wonderful actress. She is a remarkably effective foil to Allen's consistently humorous one liners and their scenes together are the best part of this movie. Women will no doubt enjoy the various scenes of Jackman as he romances the female lead.
In the final analysis, this effective comedy transcends mundane material through the magnetism of its stars and the chemistry Johansson and Allen create in their scenes, where they are uniformly wonderful. While hardly a great film with almost no intellectual value, "Scoop" is marvelously entertaining and is one of the swiftest-moving comedies I've seen since "Love Stinks." I'd recommend you buy, rent or borrow this DVD if you identify with anything I've said herein or if you are attracted by Amazon's summary.funny one of the best movies i have seen, funny and intelligent it has a plot that will make you go "wow i did not see that one coming" at the end. Hugh Jackman is ace in this!