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Movie: Scoop

Released: 2006

Stars: Woody Allen, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane

Written By: Woody Allen

Reason for Watching: Miss Scarlett.  Also, I liked Match Point.

I Can Name This Movie In One Note: Woody Allen’s take on mystery.

You Should See This Movie Because: The actors are all really fun.  Woody Allen’s shtick is still lovably zany.  Hugh Jackman obviously plays well as an upper class Englishman.  Scarlett Johansson is impossibly attractive, as always, but I’ll submit this (hopefully) early part of her career has generally had a theme of misfit characters tending to interact with their betters.  But hey, whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it right.  Ian McShane (perhaps most notably Al Swearengen, but was also in a pretty good Columbo, the one where you think you see a picture of Mrs. Columbo) predictably steals his scenes.

I’ve made no secret of my undying love for Scarlett.  She’s too classy to be seen wearing anything too revealing, but her short scene with a red one-piece swimsuit did take my breath away for the whole scene.  Maybe because it wasn’t skimpy, I don’t know.  In any case, I can think of no better way to christen the new YouTube capabilities than by sharing it (though it isn’t quite the same out of context):

You Shouldn’t See This Movie Because: Woody Allen needs a writing partner.  Scoop is a mystery like Gosford Park is a mystery, and that’s not a compliment.  Ian McShane’s scenes could probably have been woven into the movie more effectively, though in some sense he’s a classic Woody Allen character.  And some scenes just seem awkwardly written.

Bottom Line: I go back and forth on Woody Allen.  Bananas is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen; I don’t love Annie Hall as much as some, but respect it to no end for its groundbreaking nature; and Without Feathers is nothing short of amazing.  Sometimes I wonder if his talents would be better served on TV, maybe in a sketch comedy show.  Scoop is an enjoyable movie, but not particularly notable.

(trailer after the jump)

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