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November 26, 2006

Scoop - 4

This is Woody Allen's latest film, with Scarlett Johansson again as his muse. While Match Point was a serious drama, with a serious look at the inner states of the characters, this film is pure comedy. Allen stars as an old magician, Sid Waterman, who agrees to help a young college reporter, Sondra Pransky, get a scoop from a great reporter who got the story from beyond the grave. The accused is the rich hunk Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). The story soon devolves from an investigation to the high-jinks of these two incompetents (and the only two Americans in the film). Plenty of the jokes are funny (in an Allen sense of the word), and the rather glib and simple ending made me wonder if it was worth it. It really wasn't- Allen is seriously losing his touch, if you are going to watch his films stick to the 70's and 80's and early 90's with Husbands and Wives, Hannah and her Sisters, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Manhattan, and Annie Hall. Although I enjoyed Melinda and Melinda.


Andrea Hensen said...

Yeah I felt the same way about Scoop.

You special mentioned a number of Allen's films and I just wanted to make sure you've seen, one of my favourites, Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989.

Thank you for all of your lucid and succinct reviews - they’re great!

~greg said...

Thanks. Crimes and Misdemeanors, is also a good film, I should have listed that as well.